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Mark Mitchell: ‘The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison’

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor recently released a report that said being tough on crime is to blame for rising prison costs and inmate numbers, which will be music to Andrew Little and Grant Robertson’s ears.

The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison, if that’s where they need to be . . .

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The red line of chemical weapons

After the United States, France and Britain intervened in Syria’s civil war this past weekend over Bashar al Assad’s use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians, the question which is repetitively raised is why draw the ‘red line’ over these weapons and not over civilians dying by other horrible means such as bombings, shootings or beheadings?  Aside from being against international law as agreed by Geneva Protocol (which Syria signed in 1968), what about the use of chemical weapons makes everyone erupt into loud, moral convulsions of horror?

It’s an understandable question and one worthy of some . . .

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Jonathan Young: ‘I’m in awe at how much the government have bungled this first step’

Last Thursday the Prime Minister said her announcement to end any new offshore exploration will take effect in 20 or 30 years’ time, and it was important to make it now so as to save communities and the nation from abrupt shocks later.

Within an hour of that announcement, New Plymouth’s largest engineering firm halted all new employment. It was an abrupt shock that took effect immediately.

If the Prime Minister was listening, she’ll now know about her misfire. But I’ve seen this sort of attitude before in the worst of religious zealotry.  It’s “we know . . .

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Bob Jones: ‘There’s no greater restraint destroyer than the third glass of red’

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Syria: the makings of a sustained ‘foreign entanglement’

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Moving beyond the politics of kindness

If you need a popular culture reference, just think of House of Cards’ President Frank Underwood’s Chief-of-Staff, Doug Stamper. H2 didn’t bury any actual bodies in the desert, but she certainly knew the location of every one of Labour’s metaphorical graves; whose body lay buried there; and who had put them in it . . .

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The mural has the measure of the man

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The atavistic impulse to tear down history

The quest to remove American monuments and memorials is a curious assault on America’s complex history.

A whole slew of monuments have already been removed, some have been relocated to less prominent places where fewer people will see them.  Christopher Columbus, General Robert E Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson, Supreme Court Justice Roger Tayney and monuments to various confederate soldiers have already been dismantled and hauled away. After yesterday, the list now includes President William McKinley, who fought against slavery and the confederacy, but has nonetheless been condemned because he enacted territorial expansion resulting in . . .

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Protecting their own: Why the left do it

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Why taking heads is required in politics

The current Labour government cannot buy a good news story. They are lurching from disaster to disaster, and mainly through inept political management. This inept behaviour is reinforced by the unwillingness to sack anyone for mistakes, omissions or basic stupidity.

Jacinda Adern has set the tone for the government. It is a new friendly type of government that does not sack anyone for the kind of thing that would normally be a sackable offence. This is a fundamental part of Jacinda’s brand, but she is being let down by the typical stupid politicians and backroom operators that make mistakes . . .

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