Quote of the week

"We do not have hereditary poets, hereditary rocket scientists or hereditary football managers, so why hundreds of hereditary legislators? In a modern democracy, Parliament must be representative of the people."

– The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, admitting, as one Kiwi paper puts it, to the "British carthorse lumbering along behind New Zealand" as the Government considers changes that were made by Kiwis 200 years ago.