t does seem odd to have a referendum. Shouldn't a decision on the best way to deal with drugs be evidence based, within a framework of political philosophy (such as whether people's bodies are their own, or chattels of the state? You could have a referendum on that.)
Politics is always as much about public opinions as it is about evidence. A referendum can promote information of the public.
I also wholly agree with your point about debates, get 'em all in the room together.
And bar the door before that twit Hosking shows up.
At present you have to conclude one or more of the polling companies is doing it wrong - pretty badly wrong as well.
It makes for easy entertainment and fills minutes on the news - but personally I don't think it adds any value to our democracy and could well be doing harm.
Completely agree, Bart. It will influence how people vote. For instance, Labour voters will be tempted to vote Green to get Greens across the line this time around. If the polls are biased then people are misinformed about impacts of their voting choices.
Don't tell Barnaby Joyce about voting from a foreign country, OK? Just sayin...
Future generations should not be an ATM for the National Party.
The best the Herald could do was that English had legal advice it was OK…..
So if you want to commit fraud, just pay a lawyer to tell you it’s OK. Then the judge will know you made an effort to comply and it just didn’t work out. Your butt is covered.
Yeah, but he made a false declaration to Parliamentary Services. He’d need a very low IQ to think that, just because a lawyer tells him so, it’s OK to lie in order to pillage the public purse.
It’s a sad set of circumstances. If she had paid it back beforehand, as you say, or even if she had stepped down as leader but remained on the list as late as Monday, the issue would not have been so destructive for the Green Party.
As it stands, she has set an example by resigning that Bill English should consider. He made a false declaration in order to claim housing benefits as an MP & a Minister, and relied on obfuscation and friendly oversight to avoid Metiria’s fate. He should not be shielded from the accountability that Metiria has so admirably, if belatedly embraced.
Jacinda has the intelligence, compassion and charisma to bring Labour back into government, but her elevation to leader may be too late for it to happen this time around.
I have been plumbing for Labour to make the change, but I also feel for Andrew Little, an intelligent, hard working and good person who lacks the public persona to capture the vote. We are such a fickle electorate in some ways.
To an extent yes, but it may be the case that America experiences quite substantive costs as a result of being an outsider of sorts to multilateral frameworks.
Agreed, and very well described in the rest of your post.
It’s not quite that bad. California is still on board. And Washington (state) and New York (state.)
Yes, It's good to see that some intelligent statesmen are speaking out and influencing policies in some parts of the USA.