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Labour’s Chief of Staff doesn’t believe in freedom of speech

The only thing that one can conclude is that former union bovver boy, Neale Jones, doesn’t believe that people can attend a public protest and hold up whatever sign they damn well please.   Read more »

Farmers feel like Jacinda is coming for them with one of those arm-long gloves on

Even though this election looks like it’s going down to the wire, history would suggest this country has fashioned a fine record of not re-electing three term governments to a fourth. Jim Bolger and Jenny Shipley (1990-99) and Helen Clarke (1999-2008) bear testament to the fact.

Take away the aberration of the tumultuous, transformational, two-term Labour government of David Lange/Geoffrey Palmer/Mike Moore (1984-90) and the nine year pattern extends back to 1975 and the beginning of Rob Muldoon’s reign.

Bolger famously said “bugger the pollsters” when the polls were out by eight points leading into the 1993 election and I reckon Bill and Jacinda must each be thinking aloud, “I’m buggered if I know”.

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The Corruption of Compassion and the Contagion of Euthanasia

This below article argues that the more our western culture sends the message that some lives are less valuable than others, the more some people will internalise the message and decide to commit suicide. It argues that Euthanasia and assisted suicide laws have the side effect of spreading the psychological contagion of suicide.

In Canada, “natural death” must be “reasonably foreseeable” before a doctor may euthanize a patient. In spite of such statutory language, in A.B. v. Canada, a case decided this June, the Court judged that the anticipated natural death need not be “imminent”; it need not even be “connected to a particular terminal disease or condition.”

[…]  The foundation for this decision was an earlier Canadian Supreme Court case, Carter v. Canada. It overturned the law that criminalized both the assisting of another’s suicide and the consenting to one’s own death, on the grounds that the law “unjustifiably infringed” upon the rights and freedoms of “competent adult persons.”

The slippage is part of a common pattern. A strong element in contemporary secularism sees human life as the personal property of its person. When suffering renders life burdensome to self or others, it can and may be disposed of; this is, for such secularists, the “compassionate” thing to do. But—as Canadians and others have by now found, again and again—the contagion of assisted suicide, once the command “Thou shalt not kill” is set aside, quickly spreads elsewhere.

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