DPF over at Kiwiblog disagrees with Christchurch Central MP Brendon Burns that alcohol should be party policy. Interestingly he suggests:
I respectfully disagree. I think more issues should be conscience votes, not less. I love conscience votes – you get true debate. MPs lobby each other, amendments are considered on their merits, you get great passionate speeches etc.
Respectfully DPF I disagree. I feel that in an MPP environment where parties have to negotiate to get their policy though that this process can happen with party policy. An example of this that springs to mind is the Green MPs private members bills like the Waste Minimisation Bill.
When you vote for a party I think that you should be getting that parties policy not the policy of the people that the party has chosen to work for them in parliament. In cases where party policy is not available the Party’s MPs should debate how the issue aligns with other party policy and party principles.
Electorate MPs when faced with an issue that is not a clear party of the policy platform they were elected should attempt as best as they can to judge the mood of the people of their electorate.