Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Maori party leader doesn't believe in capitalism

Hattip: Lindsay Mitchell
“Water is a basic human right under international human rights law (United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights)” said Mrs Turia.

At first Tariana's statement seems perfectly reasonable - until you realise that food and shelter are also defined as basic human rights.  The allocation of these on a free market basis works; so why can it not work for other "basic human rights"?  (Although personally I would tend to define it as a need rather than a right anyway...)  At worst the Government can always act as a market facilitator to ensure that there is a supply of fresh water at reasonable cost / supply etc - but at least it would make the provision explicit.  Besides - it's not like I get my water for free now anyway?

I have to admit to being an on this matter, but at a skim the proposals from Rodney would seem to be reasonable?
Hattip: Scoop
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