Rob, thanks for the link. That's a great song.
What I remember most from that dramatic day in Hamilton is a comment from one of the Springboks' coaches, "If this was South. Africa we'd send in the police with batons and teach them a lesson they'd never forget" . Kinda highlighted what we were marching for.
As for Mandela, what a graceful human being. So glad he lived.
The Christchurch City Council, in its wisdom, has just specified hot blue LED lighting for all new street lights, and so expect to encounter many more sleep-deprived Cantabrians.
Good stuff, Megan. I hope it's a huge success. We need it.
Thanks Graeme. Good to know that the legislation is rational.
Wewege comes across like a lying inconsiderate bastard.
It's bizarre to separate innovation, research and development from science. Does anyone know what the rationale is?
You are referring to Russia I presume. I guess my only comment is that Russia has had a long standing political and economic relationship with Syria. There’s a chance they know more about the intricacies of the situation than folks in the Western world are giving them credit for.
This implies that the intricacies of the situation justify gassing people. The world needs to make some kind of response. So we should ask the Russians what they propose. If they say, "nothing", then let's see their justification.
One reason I think nobody should have veto power
I agree. How do you get someone to give up such an advantage? I’d argue that vetoes from the others hurt each party with a veto, and so they should agree in their own interests to relinquish veto power. Pigs will fly, as well.
A revolt from all countries without a veto might work, but there are enough people in the US who believe that the UN is evil for such a strategy to backfire.
So for now we have to live with an imperfect setup, and it's better than nothing.
“If there’s any good news, it’s that one will expect New Zealand to do anything in the foreseeable future. We ought to be glad of that.”
I think you meant “nobody will expect…” and I agree with you.
It’s a hell of a problem. The UN has been effective in so many ways, but when a member with veto power behaves badly then it goes off the rails.
The implied view that gassing children is wrong but bombing children is OK is problematic as well.
Presumably because it’s impolite rather than untrue.
Maybe since he’s chosen to engage here, he could justify his man Dunne selling his vote and tell us what he got for it? Ambassadorship? Ministerial seat back? Clear run at the next election? Or just hard cash from some US-backed ‘trust’?
The personal invective is uncalled for.
I agree with most the second paragraph. Dunne’s behaviour in all this has been shocking. It would be good to see a response from him to those questions that demonstrated some integrity.