I don’t read Kiwiblog often. DPF is capable of interesting political commentary or detailed policy wonkery on occasion, but most of the time it is editorial cut and paste jobs, troll farming, or postcards from his latest holiday. Ho hummm. Even a casual reader such as myself, however, can’t help but notice that National’s eternal spinster is having a pretty appalling week.
Strike one, the rabbit in the headlights. How does DPF handle the biggest single protest since 1938? Can he reconcile it with National’s position? If not, can he derive any thoughtful lessons for National? Nope:
So what were they marching against?
The turnout for the anti-mining march was impressive, and is one of the largest held in Auckland. I wonder how many knew what they were marching against or for.
Forty to fifty thousand people didn’t know what they were marching for? That’s the political equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and chanting “la la la I can’t hear you”. Sad.
Current mining on Section 4 land
So Labour granted two permits for mining on Section 4 land. So mining is now okay on Section 4 land, so long as it is small scale? Is that what Phil Goff told the marchers? And when Labour says they will cancel all mining permits for Section 4 land, does that include the permits they granted?
If he believed it then he didn’t understand it, if he understood it then he didn’t believe it. Either way he ran it, the lamest argument in blogging history. Desperate.
Bring on Three Strikes
[I] want to highlight why I support it. … [example ] … under three strikes, if Rikihana commits a third violent or sexual offence, he would be given the maximum jail term without parole. That might prevent more victims down the track.
This is pure, blinkered prejudice. Ignore the expert opinion. Try and hide the risks. Bugger the Bill of Rights. Instead, choose a nice shocking example, blend with good old fashioned gut instinct, and that’s all that DPF needs to argue that we need three strikes. Because all the experts must be wrong and it might reduce crime. So bring it on! Seriously? (Where have we heard that before?) Stupid stupid stupid.
Sorry DPF, speaking of three strikes, you’ve had yours, you’re out. Political commentary this lame is not doing you or your party any good. Hang on. No – on second thoughts – keep up the “great” work!