Posts by Nick Russell

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Susied (from the verb "to Susie) - to be the subject of an intense and vigorous interview by someone far, far smarter than you.

    Celebrates a national icon and is also a refreshing celebration of the importance of the media in a functioning democracy. I'm not in the habit of praising Simon Bridges, but I heartily appreciate this contribution to the English language.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…, in reply to Mike Chiles,

    Yes, and vice versa of course for Labour voters who really don't want cannabis legalised. I wonder how many people will actually cast their votes on this basis? My pick is, not many. It certainly hasn't helped the Greens in the past. I am pretty confident that National will have focus-grouped and polled this issue intensively before deciding to come out so aggressively against it. Maybe they hope to pick up some NZ First voters too.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and…,

    All of this would be fine the Government had actually passed the legislation and the referendum was going to be a binding one after which the new legislation would come into force. But it isn't. And it seems pretty likely at least for the time being that National will just cancel the entire exercise if it forms the Government after the next election.

    So - there is a very real probability that a lot of people are going to invest their time, money and energy into something that won't happen at all.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a…, in reply to Sue Boyde,

    Sue - so what? Every activist always says they are only interested in the truth. It's hardly a defining characteristic But you can tell the truth without stopping trains or preventing people from getting to work. It's almost as if XR is more interested in the disruption than the truth of its message.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yeah. It might not be a religion or a cult but its members share the characteristic of believing that they know best and that they have an obligation impose that certainty on everyone else, with or without their consent.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum,

    I don't think we should be getting our hopes up too much about the referendum. The Government's responses to the Tax Working Group and the Welfare Expert Advisory Group have really helped to redefine the word "underwhelming" without accomplishing much else. So the outcome here may be equally lukewarm.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Splore 2019 – Please Don't…,

    I think there is very little prospect of the Bill or the referendum being debated in the same sort of bipartisan spirit we have seen on gun control this week. Politicians are gonna do politics with this. Why wouldn't they? It's a Green Party initiative which Labour has agreed to so the Nats have a political incentive to campaign against it. They will want the Government to fail. Cannabis is a political football like any other.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The korero we've been waiting…,

    I don't think the referendum has really captured the public imagination yet. There seem to a relatively small number of people who are passionately engaged in the issue one way or the other. But beyond that there have been crickets. Maybe that will change as the referendum draws closer. But bearing in mind it will be held at the same time as the general election, I am not confident about that. It could be that a big part of NZ just doesn't care that much either way.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We have to rethink the annual…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Hence my concern about giving the Police more discretion. On the whole I think it would be better if they had less.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We have to rethink the annual…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I agree with all of this except the bit about privacy in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. Privacy is not one of the rights guaranteed in that Act. It isn't even mentioned.

    Having Parliament change the law would be good. Sooner the better. The bit I worry about is when we start either allowing politicians to dictate to the Police which laws they should or should not be enforcing, or when we give the Police more "discretion" to make those decisions themselves. I think those are exactly the sort of good intentions that pave the way to somewhere unpleasant. Do you trust the Police to make those sorts of decisions in a fair and reasonable way?

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 125 posts Report Reply

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