At first it seems a spot puzzling. John Key – a guy who has sold himself on being a good listener and it seems he is, doesn’t want a bar of the 87% in the last referendum.
Down to the grit of economics. Simple. Any referendum is a challenge to the monopoly powers of politicians and their Beehive, beltway process of making the rules of coercion. They make the rules thank you. Not some spotty type gathering signatures.
Monopolists will fight long and bitterly. Monopolies on process are defended as strongly as those on content.
So….. the better debate concerns what realm of policy we should use parliamentary versus other processes for figuring policy – especially where they involve forcing folks to do what they don’t wanna…..