But this is Little's view, and it seems an honestly held one, and so we know what we have to do convince him of to change his mind. Key is just a lying opportunist who can't sleep straight in bed at night.
What would Key and others like Peter Dunne have to lose from relaxing cannabis law? Large donations from Big Booze, Big Tobacco & Big Pharma, I'm guessing? Endorsements from the string-em-uppers?
Further proof that "not our problem" is a feature and not a bug for the usual suspects:
Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse declined Insight's request for an interview about labour-hire companies.
A spokesperson from his office said the minister felt it wasn't appropriate to comment on the unfairness of unwanted long-term casual contracts because they were not illegal.
O RLY, Mr Woodhouse? Underarm bowling wasn't illegal in 1981, but it certainly wasn't in the spirit of the game.
Which goes to another real problem with NZ society. Bullying is an accepted, even encouraged behaviour. We’re doing something wrong as a society and the consequences are horrible.
It’s not just a physical thing. Anyone who’s abnormally psychopathic can be a bully, and that goes for hitting a family member with a hosepipe, just as much as it does for the Rupert Murdochs, Donald Trumps and Martin Shkrelis of this world who use big money to beat down those below them. Come to think of it, when the latter involve violence, it's probably when they outsource it to hired heavies.
There are, of course, lots of other endeavours that have the same dynamic – a lonely pursuit of a glittering prize that ultimately most fail to win.
For me it wasn't the pursuit of a PhD but getting a degree, full stop. My folks had invested so much getting me to university, no matter what it took. At the time they thought anything less than a degree was for losers, to my detriment.
Now, I've probably used up my lifetime EFTS limit (thanks a million, Prostetnic Vogon Joyce) and I can't risk another bad tertiary education investment, so on-the-job training is my best bet now. That is, if there's still a company out there that doesn't dismiss it as some kind of 'Old Labour' relic.
You know something I don’t understand, where did John Kerwin’s anxiety and depression come from? That campaign was good for helping men get a bit real, which helps with better sexing behaviour, but it’s done nothing to explain why such a large number of New Zealand men are so fucked up.
I'd say another aggravating factor is de-industrialisation, which affects mostly men without university degrees. It's sadly no coincidence that Donald Trump has actively pitched to America's Rust Belt working class that he can somehow reopen the steel mills and car factories. In Britain it was a similar thing with the Brexit vote.
The guilty parties blame rape and sexual harassment on 'exposing uncovered meat'. But the very same guilty parties also want Muslim women to 'strip off'. This tweet illustrates just a few examples of that inanity. They also think anything to address the 'boys will always have raging hormones' is PC gone mad, especially when it's the likes of Tony Veitch.
The common thread? The guilty parties somehow think women are their copyright. I'll leave it to Laurie Penny to deconstruct the whole thing better than I can.
We will also discuss whether Christchurch should organise a solidarity sleep-out in cars to highlight the housing crisis here.
If if happens, how about holding it outside Gerry Brownlee's electorate office?
Or maybe a STASIesque bank of people watching a video stream, statistically narrowed down by triggers. It will employ 50 geeks for 5 years designing it. At the end it will be 90 percent as reliable as a dude sitting there and smelling some arsehole puking in his car.
A variant of the “Russians used pencils in space” theory: in Russia, dash cams are commonplace in cars, as the number of YouTube videos go to show. But only because they’re required by law for insurance purposes.
Just when we thought communal toilets in Sochi 2014 set records, along comes #RioProblems.