Or, they caught a few loonies who shouted a lot about it whilst giving many innocent muslim kids a genuine grievance.. Some of those might not talk about it, they'll just do it.
I think most people here would rather live (as we do) in a society where people get on and don't want to kill each other, as opposed to a prison state where people only don't kill you because the guards are watching.
Obviously you don't, but consider how easy it would be for some kid who hates the world (but hasn't exposed that fact) to get a job in an arm of the State and gather a fairly comprehensive list of rightbloggers and their home addreses.
‘Dave Dobbyn and the Police’
I liked their cover version of "White Riot".
part of the Commonwealth (eg Harare) were intriguing. Key has over the last few years increasingly been softening up the electorate with asides about becoming a republic
Huh? Most Commonwealth states are republics.
But it's hard to see how it could be otherwise without giving automatic citizenship to people three or four generations removed from a connection to NZ.
I wonder if it will become an issue as more Māori people migrate and have families overseas. Somebody born in Australia with a Māori grandparent, but parents who were both Australian born would be accepted by their iwi as tangata whenua, right, but not by NZ as a citizen?
Slater is a journalist.
I'd be interested to see the judgement, which doesn't seem to have come out yet.
In particular, did Slater give any evidence denying that he habitually took money to run lines?
I can technically still vote in UK elections, but in practice it's pretty hard to do so - you have to register each year in writing to your former council and they send you ballot papers by post less than two weeks before the election date which you need to get back in time (or you can have a UK resident vote for you as a proxy).
With that, and the fact that basically you've got three right-wing parties to choose from, it doesn't seem worth it.
daily cannabis users under the age of 17 were 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or attend university
students under 17 who fail at high school are likely to use cannabis
You can't extract cause and effect from such a survey.
How about having an overall framework and then letting communities (which might be local councils, but could be iwi or affinity groups) decide on the details of drug legalisation/regulation/prohibition for their people?
So Hone could have prohibition of alcohol and tobacco for his people, if they'd sign up for it, whilst the Aro Valley could have legal, safe MDMA.
I think it's moved on from "dirty politics":
The Justice Minister working with Slater to undermine the prosecution of a large scale financial fraudster isn't like mouthing off on a blog, it's out and out corruption.
No, it would be disastrous, as has been demonstrated in California and elsewhere.
The same voters who troop into polling booths to vote for John Key would happily support 20% tax, pensions at 55, buying whatever drugs Big Pharma's astroturfing are promoting that week and a squadron of jet fighters to boot.