Posts by Craig Young

  • Hard News: Shots Fired,

    One thing to remember about Bob M is that there are some very easy ways to call his bluff. Namely, these
    (i) Relevant qualifications: Bob's tertiary qualifications are in accountancy and tax policy. Now, I have no doubt that this means excellent fiscal discipline within Family First, but these aren't applicable skills when it comes to pharmacology, toxicology, botany and relevant scientific disciplines in the context of the cannabis debate. Simply find someone with a strategically relevant skill set and use them for rebuttal
    (ii) Based on my experience with Bob during several LGBT debates, what he tends to do is parrot US Christian Right pressure groups when it comes to rhetoric, tactics and strategy. For "US Christian Right', read populist US social conservative anti-drug organisations, but the same applies in this context.
    (iii) In which case, providing rebuttal is easy, Merely look up the source Bob's citing, see if there are any rebuttals from high-profile professionals within peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals, or statements from US professional associations that contradict him.

    Finally, yeah, he may well have been able to mobilise opponents of Section 59 repeal a decade ago, but much metaphorical water has passed under the bridge since then. He's lost repeatedly when it comes to prostitution laws, LGBT concerns and women's reproductive rights. Take the simple steps above and you can easily outflank him.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 483 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Drugs and the road forward,

    The problem is, anti-drug populism is an orthodoxy that has been allowed to fuel the ‘war on drugs’. Its staple frame of reference is selective news coverage that focuses on specific events without reference to depth or context, whipping up moral panic and allowing antidrug moralists to dominate the political conversation without any access to evidence-based perspectives from responsible specialists. Consequently, national drug policy is a quagmire.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 483 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    That said, a pro-demagogue Auckland rally only attracted 100 or so sycophants, compared to several hundred supporters of multiculturalism and diversity in that city.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 483 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On joining the international…, in reply to Sacha,

    Mr Ikilei is the Deputy Leader of the tiny "New Conservative" microparty, which only received 0.2% (6253 votes) at the September 2017 New Zealand election. That makes it the eighth largest New Zealand political party: http://www.electionresults.govt.nz/electionresults_2017/

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 483 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Careful what you wish for:…,

    I would only ever support this if an overwhelming majority of Maori stated that they wanted their abolition. That sort of groundswell is not discernible, so therefore the Maori seats must stay in place, and perhaps even be increased in proportion should there be specific Maori Roll enrolments that would warrant that.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 483 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Let Canada do our cannabis homework,

    Ontario has just elected a provincial conservative government. I suspect that there may be setbacks there, although the current Premier Doug Ford's late brother Rob Ford was an infamous polydrug user while he was Toronto Mayor, especially crack cocaine.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 483 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Littering!,

    Excellent submission, but surely problem littering should be included within the Summary Offences Act, along with other public nuisance low-level offences? Why does it warrant a stand-alone statute in the first place?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 483 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: A Word About Safety,

    I tend to regard myself as vanilla with strawberry elements. That said, it is one of the hallmarks of LGBT BDSM community life that it is safe, sane and consensual. For the LGBT leather community, the horrific Colin Ireland anti-leather serial killer case was directly motivated by the anti-leather Operation Spanner. BDSM is a consensual adult activity, Based on New Zealand's own R v Chignall (teenage dominatrix) case in the nineties, one would have assumed that the New Zealand judiciary would think twice before negotiating this sexual politics arena again. I stand with my LGBT BDSM sisters and brothers (and genderfluid individuals). How organised are straight leather communities? The impression I got from Patrick Califia is that the BDSM communities are fragmented, or at least they were in the nineties...?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 483 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Protecting privilege in Epsom,

    Brilliant article, Russell. One of your best ever!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 483 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The crisis is all around us,…,

    Am I the only one who wishes Nicky would write another piece of incisive investigative journalism? For example, I'd be fascinated to read his perspective on the Middlemore hospital situation. And yes, Nicky, that is a hint!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 483 posts Report Reply

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