Media watch – Tuesday

13 March 2018

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25 Comments

  1. Ray

     /  March 13, 2018

    It is really educational to read the comments on the “Sexual misconduct at young labour camp” and watch the usual suspects try make the problem disappear, up to saying National & Act youth camps are just as bad, no evidence to back this of course just a real smear.
    Remembering that these some people were outraged at John Keys flicking a woman’s hair and called for his dismal.

    • Blazer

       /  March 13, 2018

      Despite partisan politics,human nature prevails Ray.Quite outrageous to suggest this sort of behaviour is anything to do with politics.As for Key…dismal alright…Key was a serial offender despite warnings ,as you should be …aware.

  2. Zedd

     /  March 13, 2018

    A new survey has confirmed that Meth/P is much more available than Cannabis. About half of Meth users said they could get it easily, whereas only about 15% of cannabis users said the same. The report said that the Police priority still seems to be, on searching out Cannabis cultivation, rather than focusing on the Meth/P supply chain (most imported from China etc.)

    The thing I find astonishing, is that the Police & general public perception still see Cannabis & Meth/P as both ‘Illegal Drugs/Zero-tolerance’ BUT the truth is Meth/P is a ‘Class A’ Drug & Cannabis is ‘Class C’, surely by definition; Cannabis is LESS Harmful, so Why is it still often seen; as ‘Public Enemy #1’ & likely still the top of the Police priority list ?

    Is this what they call ‘Unintended Consequences’ of the WAR on DRUGS ?
    The least harmful drug is now, much less available ! 😦 😦

      • PartisanZ

         /  March 13, 2018

        This is one fucked-up situation Zedd …

        Get those submissions in to the Select Committee. Only 8 days left –

        https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_75877/misuse-of-drugs-medicinal-cannabis-amendment-bill

        One suggestion is to recommend amalgamation of this Amendment Bill with the Green Party’s Chloe Swarbrick sponsored Private Member’s Bill [Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill] – in FULL – which covers Chronic Disorder, Chronic Pain and Any Other Medical Condition certified by a doctor in addition to Terminal Illness, and allows home cultivation by sufferers or by a nominated support-person of sufferers. The most relevant clauses are here –

        http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/member/2017/0270/latest/DLM7287010.html

        Notice that for reasons inexplicable the Green Bill reduces ‘terminal illness’ to only 6 months duration and requires doctors to become the only register of cultivators. I find this frankly beyond belief.

        Hence I have recommended retaining the Government Bill’s 12 month terminal illness duration and the provision of a Police register of support-person cultivators. [I understand one Police objection is they won’t know who can or can’t legally cultivate medicinal cannabis]

        This and some more Police ‘discretion’ would go some (possibly considerable) way towards ameliorating the dreadful position described by Zedd above, at least until the issue of so-called ‘recreational’ cannabis can be handled sanely. Sadly, that is not likely to occur until 2020 at the earliest.

        Hence, IMHO, the government must be pressured into making medicinal cannabis as easily available as possible to the widest possible number of sufferers who can benefit from it and wish to use it.

  3. Ray

     /  March 13, 2018

    Really tricky time at the “Standard”
    Do you take the # metoo line or the solidarity line that Labour is always right.
    Considerable culling/banning is taking place, snigger.

    • Gezza

       /  March 13, 2018

      Weka says:

      “… They need to prioritise the wellbeing of the people that were assaulted. It looks like they also need to review their internal processes (the Prime Minister didn’t know about the assaults until a few days ago).”
      https://thestandard.org.nz/talking-about-sexual-assault/

      Wait a minute. Jacinda said she first heard of it when asked about it at her Presser yesterday?

      • Ray

         /  March 13, 2018

        Time travels at a different speed when you are at the Standard and spend your time looking back to a golden age.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  March 13, 2018

          They also don’t have their story straight yet.

        • Corky

           /  March 13, 2018

          And rational thought enters another dimension when at the Standard.

  4. Gezza

     /  March 13, 2018

    Beehoive ledders.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 13, 2018

    Stuff compares NZ and Aus police chase deaths. NZ police and Gezza have their collective heads in the sand:
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/102180147/police-pursuits-how-new-zealand-compares-with-australia

    • Gezza

       /  March 13, 2018

      Ok. I’ve been reading up on this & I think you’re right.

      • Gezza

         /  March 13, 2018

        I think Nz police should give Queensland policy a trial.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 13, 2018

        Good. Rational thought prevails. Crims and stupid youth are not an excuse for killing and injuring innocent people. First do no harm. Pursue only when there is an opportunity to end a clear and present danger rather than create one.

        • Gezza

           /  March 13, 2018

          Good. Rational thought prevails.
          Of course it bloody does. I’m no idiot! Why don’t you know that – do you live under a bloody bridge or something!

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 13, 2018

      Incomplete at best. The road toll there is almost 60% below NZ, so the conditions are simply not comparable.

      The Victoria case where failure to pursue led directly to 6 pedestrian deaths aligns with the Queensland police’s view that the policy is leading to higher crime rates and worse driver offending. They are trying to have it overturned as they believe it prevents them doing their job properly.

      Those six deaths are the equivalent of 2 -3 years of police chase deaths.

      It is a fraught subject and unfortunately the police are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

      It is great that they are reviewing the policy thoroughly. Hopefully they will be able to determine the relative risks of pursuing or not and come up with the least of all evils.

      • Gezza

         /  March 13, 2018

        You’ll have to wait. He’s gone back under the bridge I think.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  March 13, 2018

          Is he waiting for billy goats?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 13, 2018

          Just changed the fan in my oven. And bored some vents in the kitchen cabinetry to stop it overheating after a couple of hours. That was after fixing the Sky-TV connections next door.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 13, 2018

        The Melbourne pedestrian hit was a terrorist attack. Obviously pursuit is justified where there is a deliberate intent to kill and, worse, to kill as many as possible. It’s silly to relate that to routine policing and accident statistics.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  March 14, 2018

          They didn’t know that until it was too late though. And had opportunities to prevent it that were curtailed by the inability to pursue the offender.

          I don’t necessarily disagree with your view on pursuits Al, I just think it ignores the fact downstream consequences may be worse that the pursuit, and that needs to be considered carefully before the policy is put in place.

    • Gezza

       /  March 13, 2018

      Good on them. Like they did for us against France when they bombed the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour.