Posts by Craig Young

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    No, don't. McCoskrie and other fundies get strangely overexcited about spanking enough already and I shudder to think what mentioning bondage, rope and restraints would have on them.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 370 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to SteveH,

    That, and a Massey communication law paper I did twenty years ago, which referred to the law of defamation...and I actually agree, sexual scandal is little ground for demanding evisceration, whatever moralistic poseurs like Bob McCoskrie (Family First) demand. Financial irregularities tend to be what usually caused political downfall in many recent New Zealand political scandals.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 370 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving right along?,

    And meanwhile, outside the Bombay Hills, let's try to keep this in perspective, shall we? The problem is not that Brown dipped his wick, it is that he allegedly may have interfered in a council employment decision to get Ms Chuang appointed somewhere, which is more serious. Does Brown's extramarital dalliance affect his capabilities as a public official? Clearly not. By and large, considering most recent New Zealand political scandals, politicians infidelity only merits censure and resignation if there is financial irregularity in tandem, and financial irregularity in itself is enough to warrant resignation or dismissal. Sexual scandals are only usually fatal if there are questions of rape, child sexual abuse or domestic violence involved eg Graham Capill.

    I do feel sorry for Ms Chuang. Honestly, shades of Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter."

    I do recommend Laura Kipnis' "How to Become A Scandal" New York: Metropolitan: 2009 and her consequent article about (US) political scandals in Harpers.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 370 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

    Given that no-one's slammed Brown for his hypocritical grandstanding over the depravity of street sex workers engaging in survival sex while engaging in extramarital nooky with a younger woman himself, I might as well be the first one. And given the possibility of improper appointment of same, Len's mayoral future seems bleak. I'm told several people have been sighted with "Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Minto" t-shirts already...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 370 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Lundy and Me.,

    Actually, I used to live in College Street, only a block away from the drama that unfolded in Chaytor Street all those years ago. I was completely oblivious to it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 370 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local interest, in reply to Hamish N00nan,

    And, in fact, the local cops oppose the Manukau anti-soliciting bill because it diverts their attention from intervention and resolution against violent crime in the area.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 370 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local interest,

    The Prostitutes Collective conducted negotiations with good faith with the Auckland Council, but it seems that specific elements on that council were unwilling to compromise, or, as I've noted, adequately explain why existing statutory public order legislation is insufficient to combat any public order offences.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 370 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local interest,

    Hamish's response to your question seems to suggest that there are specific pressure groups trying to make mischief over the issue and blow things out of proportion. I'm basing my observations on what the Ministry of Justice and its Prostitution Law Review Committee have stated in this context. In terms of regulation, the prohibitionists have yet to convincingly explain why existing public order statutes like the Summary Offences Act 1981, Litter Act 1979 et al cannot be invoked in this context. The Auckland Council certainly isn't willing to do so. Indeed, it seems to reject the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 out of hand.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 370 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local interest, in reply to Hamish N00nan,

    Hamish, thanks for reinforcing what the NZ Prostitutes Collective have been saying all along- the real problem in Manukau City seems to be the unwillingness of local body politicians to crack down on out of control liquor outlets and the antisocial activity that results from them,

    Actually, the real problem here is gender identity. Under the current Human Rights Act and despite the Crown Law Office opinion secured by Labour Attorney-General Michael Cullen, transsexuals are not included and are therefore subject to employment, accomodation and service provision discrimination. And many of the Hunters Corner street sex workers are whakawahine and fa'afafine.

    I refuse to either tolerate or condone a situation in which vulnerable Maori and Pacific Island trans/cis street sex workers are wantonly endangered in the context of their health, safety and lives merely because fundamentalist agitators, New Zealand First and certain Auckland local body politicians want to orchestrate a moral panic against them.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 370 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local interest, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Nope, sorry, once again, Russell. New Zealand is seriously behind the United Kingdom, all Australian federal, state and territory jurisdictions and Canada when it comes to including gender identity within our anti-discrimination laws. And according to Gillian Abel, many of the transwomen involved in street sex work may well be homeless and unable to access social welfare benefits, or want to risk losing their rental council properties if they work out of their rental accomodation.

    This is a moral panic. Some of the cis/transgender street sex workers are just as much Manukau residents as the other residents. And PROS went too far in terms of its borderline vigilante activity. Let's not slide down the slippery slope to Central/South American-style social cleansing, shall we? The Auckland Council needs to be told in no uncertain terms that social exclusion of street sex workers (and beggars too, for that matter) is unacceptable and will be vigorously fought by LGBT and other progressive Aucklanders.

    As for Rev Low, I'd be more impressed if she didn't confuse transsexuals with "transvestites" in that cited article. It's bloody transphobic and trivialises the lived experience of gender identity discrimination amongst transwomen in this context.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 370 posts Report Reply

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