Pretty sure Rich’s point was not that alcohol isn’t a drug: merely that alcohol is not treated socially as only a drug, in that we build rituals and crafts around its use. But the same is also true of other drugs in other societies. They’re all still drugs; the difference lies in whether they are given some additional social status.
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Possibly “Crocodile infested” was intended as a NZ musical reference (why else the initial capital?) rather than as a description of the wildlife.
For electorate MPs, resignation from a party doesn’t necessarily remove them from Parliament. What does the proposed bill do there? Are they automatically entitled to sit as an independent, or is a by-election forced? If they sit, or win election, as an independent, what subsequently prevents them from founding a new party? Does the proposed bill make any distinction between founding a new party and switching to a different established party (the latter being the specific outcome that such a bill would aim to prevent)?
For list MPs, presumably the argument against allowing them to take independent status is that the party identity is the only thing that got them into Parliament, and hence resignation from that party removes them from Parliament, with no process equivalent to a by-election applied to assess the contribution of their own personal (local) popularity to the party’s success. This seems slightly unfair, and it might be preferable to explore whether some kind of equivalent test could be introduced.
Though I take the point that it's often actually used as a block, "I don't need to know about it" is at least on the continuum through "it's none of my business" to the realisation "I don't get to have an opinion about it".
“eat up your yummy Jesus bits, children. Tasty, tasty Jesus!”
So the Nats are continuing their standard MO of bullshitting at every opportunity. In a sane world, people would stop taking them seriously.
Joyce has plenty of experience rubbishing others; where he has little experience is in NOT having his bullshit automatically believed by being in government. If he's performing poorly now, that says more about the NZ media's habitual leg-humping of National than about Joyce himself.
people make a decision and then fit every fact into that decision.
I wonder whether that’s a natural default
Sure is: I’ve previously linked to episodes of The Human Zoo detailing such cognitive biases.
(The episodes remain available for streaming or download.)
It would be a bit awkward to gear up such an industry only to have demand suddenly drop off.
Three things that will still need doing regardless of future immigration policy:
Christchurch rebuild (...still, after nearly 8 years…);
Affordable housing (remembering that National didn't even get 1% of the way towards addressing the existing shortfall).
I think the building industry is safe for a few decades yet.
Why bother asking that question when we know the answer: they had to go into coalition with a partner that wants as much as possible done through referenda. We can wish it were otherwise, but there it is. That nod to realpolitik (*hoik* *spit*) aside, I agree with you entirely.