Posts by Keir Leslie

  • Legal Beagle: Terrorism is already illegal,

    Does't the use of "1 or more" suggest that specific terrorist acts must be made out? Or is that a red herring?

    Since Jul 2008 • 1376 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    The cops don't need to be corrupt for this to be a bad thing. They don't need to be intentionally chilling speech for them to be chilling speech.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    Ultimately I think any claims about how excessive or unreasonable the action was are basically baseless given how little anyone outside the case knows of the specifics of the event, and how little we generally know about what’s typical for police in such a scenario.

    But equally, you have no reason to think that the action was reasonable. Also, no offence, but "I don't know anything about this subject area, so everyone else must be equally ignorant" is kinda patronising and offensive.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    it’s unreasonable to assume the worst.

    Why is it unreasonable to assume the worst? These are literally the people that brought us the Red Devils case, the various botched murder investigations over the past 25 years, the Urewera Raids, the Kim Dotcom raid, breaking kids' faces at parties, etc. etc. I don't trust the cops, and I don't expect anyone else to.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    I'm not sure why the obviousness of the crime is the key driver here. There are many obvious but unimportant crimes, and many unobvious but important crimes.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    I think it's pretty legit to say that the cops should investigate the possible interference of a senior minister in a major criminal investigation before they raid the homes of any journalists.

    I also think it's pretty legit to say that the cops shouldn't really be raiding the homes of journalists full stop, absent a pretty important reason, and when they do they should be careful not to put the important public functions of journalism at risk. (The idea that this case is comparable to one where a journalist is hiding a murder is revealingly absurd.)

    [Or, basically, what Deborah said.]

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    If you're really that terrified by overhang seats, you can always give everyone else compensatory top up seats to restore proportionality.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    How come that shit couldn’t be sorted in a 7 hour meeting?

    Because David Cunliffe wanted to pull the trigger as soon as possible to maximise his chances of winning, and when the caucus refused to play along, he went unilaterally, again to maximise his chance of winning.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    as surprised as I was when Keith Ng pretty much threw down against Cunliffe last time this happened

    Why do all these Labour Party people keep saying that David Cunliffe is bad idea?

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    No, I’m saying that if Clayton Cosgrove being a self-centred blue dog is what lost us this election, then Helen Clark would never have won an election.

    [And, er, who did give Clayton that high caucus spot? Who said "Clayton will be the next minister for earthquake recovery", and made damn sure that Clayton was safe on the list so that that could happen?]

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