Trust in opposition only

LETTER

Ken Orr appears to be suffering from cognitive dissonance — the holding of two mutually incompatible views at the same time.

The November edition of The Star, a booklet available to parishioners at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, has an article headed The Euthanasia Deception by Mr Orr. In it he states that “The issue of euthanasia is simply too complex to be put to a public vote”.

Seemingly unaware of the significance of what he had just said, he then goes on to quote the submissions by the public to the Parliamentary Select Committee, 77 percent of which were opposed to the law being changed.

Evidently the public can be trusted when they oppose assisted suicide, but not when they are consulted by a referendum.

Martin Hanson, Nelson

Ken Orr appears to be suffering from cognitive dissonance — the holding of two mutually incompatible views at the same time.

The November edition of The Star, a booklet available to parishioners at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, has an article headed The Euthanasia Deception by Mr Orr. In it he states that “The issue of euthanasia is simply too complex to be put to a public vote”.

Seemingly unaware of the significance of what he had just said, he then goes on to quote the submissions by the public to the Parliamentary Select Committee, 77 percent of which were opposed to the law being changed.

Evidently the public can be trusted when they oppose assisted suicide, but not when they are consulted by a referendum.

Martin Hanson, Nelson

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Mathew Bannister - 22 days ago
There is a great difference between a referendum and the engaging of the population in the consultative processes that make up the systems of parliamentary democracy.
A select committee hears not only from the public but from other sectors of the community. A public vote on many measures only provides the voice of the crowd and while there is wisdom in crowds, the experience of the recent US elections provides an example of some of the dangers.