1) Does anyone really think that increasing sentences for assaulting cops would change anything? Do you know the maximum sentence for assaulting a cop? No. Do you know the typical sentence? No. And you’re relatively intelligent and well-informed (and good looking). No chance some gang f#ckwits would be deterred by longer sentences.
Same with idea of increasing sentences for young killers. Longer sentences aren’t a deterrent. These crimes are not committed based on a rational weighing of costs and benefits. Offenders don’t have the information for that anyway.
2) National is being dragged kicking and screaming into legal action against Japan on whaling. Wonder if Australia’s sudden keenness has anything to do with improving relations with China. No love for Japan in China.
What happened to that plan of Key’s to end whaling? Looks like it was the cycleway of the Southern Ocean.
What’s going through Key’s head when he makes one of those stupid announcements. Does he seriously think he’s going to follow through?
3) Ryall on doctor shortage. All about ‘non-financial’ inducements to keep doctors from emigrating. Translation: ‘we’re not giving you pay rises’. The doctors’ representatives say pay is the big issue. Trouble ahead there.
How are we ever going to have a high wage economy when National opposes each and every wage rise?