You could say that about every single thing that the government does or doesn't do.
I realise that. It is just that the 'mandate' is Tolley's primary defence when she is faced with any criticism.
The fallacy with Tolley arguing that she has a 'mandate' (her words) to bring in this policy in wake of the election is that I doubt that very many voters were thinking of this particular election promise of last year. Nowhere, on the ballot, is there a proviso that says, " I will vote for you buggers because of this particular election promise" nor " I will vote for you buggers, except for this particular issue".
Let's hope she has made a big blunder on this one.
As someone who is petrified of birds, I would like to give Colin some kind of award.
Well, that bird looks very petrified.
But I advise you never to visit Port Bodega in Northern California (the setting for Hitchcock's The Birds). As we drove into town, the telephone lines were thick with waiting birds.
Is there a basic ethic course in NZ schools?
Not necessarily under such a rubric but the social sciences curriculum in NZ schools certainly deals with ideas that might be described as 'ethical' issues. The Philosophy department at my university provides courses for local schools, pretty much as equivalents of first year courses in ethics. We also co-teach a course on Media Ethics with Philosophy and this works very well.
Far too many la las for me but I appreciate the effort. This is the time of the year when my iPod works overtime, shutting out all the Snoopy's Christmas and Felice bloody Nobby da da in all kinds of public places.
This current conversation has taken some interesting twists and turns. It is quite some task to understand all the nuances of PAS--most particularly the connections and back stories of some of the old-timers and there are times still when I have no idea what is going on. But I guess that is a characteristic of any long and complex conversation.
It suggests I was born in Dunedin.
..and I was born in the middle of the Mediterranean, which might explain my dislike of fishy things.
The Atheist Bus that roams the roads at night, running down believers and ferrying the unwary to dens of iniquity (like casinos and universities)
... and doesn't run on diesel, but the blood of babies and children.
I do object to the notion that atheists do not believe in anything (or 'believe in nothing'). Like others, I believe in a moral structure (forgiveness, generosity, equity, the performance of good law, the belief that the majority of people are good but also the existence of bad bastards). I just don't need a doctrine, church,creed or religious representative to tell me these things.
But, then, I was expelled from bible class at a very early age for questioning some of the very fantastical stories I was being told.
Our utter insignificance in the face of a limitless, uncaring universe is a total fucking bummer.
Still, Socrates had something interesting to say about that viz "The unexamined life is not worth living"
All I wanted to say, to the forum in general, I've said: nosce te ipsum.
(donning on my "Hooray for sarcasm" T-shirt)-- Well, I think I do but I can get be a bit forgetful these days.