Minority view disappointing

Last updated 15:54 06/09/2012

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I am disappointed that Nathan Guy was among the minority of MPs, even from his own party, who voted against the first reading of Louisa Wall's Marriage Bill.

Others may not be disappointed at Mr Guy's vote. But I hope we can all agree that the lack of feedback from our electorate MP on this issue is unsatisfactory.

I know even the media received no response or comment from Mr Guy, apart from, "I have not made my mind up yet".

So we have had no debate, no explanations to date, to my knowledge and no idea what led Mr Guy to his decision to vote against the Bill.

He may have considered the matter with great care, as other National MPs clearly did, which seems mostly to have brought them to the opposite conclusion. Or he may have tossed a coin, we simply do not know.

This was a conscience vote but surely not just a matter of Mr Guy's personal private opinion. He was not voting as a private person but as the MP for Otaki.

In that sense, unlike the usual party votes in the House, we deserve to know why his conscience led him to vote against the equality of many of his constituents. Or is this another issue where Mr Guy gives the impression that his role and duties as a minister are of more importance than his electorate?

Tony Reed


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