Media watch – Sunday

8 April 2018


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  1. This is pre-news so I won’t post on it until details are known.

    It’s common for MPs in parties that have just switched from Government to Opposition to depart.

    I think it’s fine for list MPs, but electorate MPs should be committed to serving a full term. If they jump early (like Jonathan Coleman) it suggests they were more concerned about power than serving their electorates.

    • PDB

       /  April 8, 2018

      Agree to a point but serving under English and serving under Bridges could be quite different things hence more of the older guard now wanting to get out now Bridges has been appointed leader.

  2. No Q&A while the Commonwealth Games are on.

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2018

      Tell me about it! Spitting bloody tacks here! >;(

  3. sorethumb

     /  April 8, 2018

    What a travesty Housing NZ not supplying enough large houses for Maori and Pacific. [ In the 1960s demographers were seriously worried about Pacifica overpopulating/outstripping rezources].
    Insight: Full House – Homelessness & Big Families

    • sorethumb

       /  April 8, 2018

      Dr Greg Clydesdale got naievely warned us in his paper Growing Pains and was moved on from Massey by the Thought Police.

  4. Zedd

     /  April 8, 2018

    I just watched a brief TV news item (TV3) a kiwi journo was in Holland reporting on the fact that the Dutch as closing prisons, whereas there are calls here to build yet ANOTHER one to continue the ‘lock em up’ approach, that seems to be the norm. She said they use prison as the LAST option & focus on using community work sentences, except in the most violent cases

    In comparison; in 1950s both countries has a similar incarceration rate, but now Holland has 61 inmates/100k people.. NZ has 217/100k (3.5 times the rate) This is not something we should be proud of; Prison should not be the ‘dumping ground’ for people on remand (awaiting sentence), mental health patients & just about everything ‘DRUG related’

    Its 2018.. time to GET with the PROGRAM.. cut out all the ‘Tough on crime/drugs B-S’ that sees more kiwis in jail than nearly any other OECD nation !! 😦 😦

    • Zedd

       /  April 9, 2018

      3 downticks; do youz think we need more prisons & to throw $billions more at this ?
      $100k/prisoner rather than use that money to keep people out of prison.

      What a NARROW minded attitude some folks have. Success in this issue, does not mean all the prisons are bulging at the seams.. in fact success; should be the opposite, as in Holland etc. :/