Did you see the one about . . .


Wave goodbye to email? at Open Parachute

Useful English System conversions/units at Something Should Go Here

Stranger in the House at In A Strange Land

 The Wesleys 10 at Musty Moments

Free Market Families at Fairfacts Media

The Stratford Theory of Numbers at Quote Unquote

The whole where you were and what you were doing when you first heard. . . etc etc at Rob’s Blockhead.

And a new (to me) blog from the Wairarapa : Bright Wings

Bad law wastes money


Carrying out surveys when the result is obvious might be said to waste money.

Certainly there was no surprise that most New Zealanders think the upcoming referendum on child discipline is a waste of money.

But let’s apportion blame where it belongs.

The referendum would have cost a lot less had it been held in conjunction with last year’s general election. The blame for delaying it and therefore increasing the costs of holding it belong to the last government.

But the blame goes further back than that to the people who designed the legislation.

Had they come up with good law and taken the majority of people with them there would have been no need for a referendum.

The people at either extremes of the argument are getting most of the headlines.

But between those who think any physical discipline is child abuse and those who think it’s possible to deliver a loving smack are a lot of reasonable people with moderate views. They don’t think smacking is a good way to discipline children but they don’t like the idea of parents being criminalised for delivering a light smack.

Had the proponents of the S59 amendment got off their high horses they could have worked with moderate people to get good legislation.  Had they done that we’d have got a law which protects children without the danger, real or perceived, of criminalising parents who love their children and do their best to bring them up safely and well,  and there would be no need for a referendum.

There might also have been the culture change that’s needed to address violence and abuse.

Instead there’s confusion, fear and resentment and no improvement at all where it’s really needed.

Money may be wasted on the referendum but that’s not the fault of the people who want good law.

It’s the fault of the people who made bad law, which for the record still allows smacking providing it’s not for the purpose of correction.

Monday’s quiz – corrected


1. What is the morse code  for SOS?

2. What was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell named?

3. Who said: “In my view the welfare state was not conceived for the middle class and yet it is increasingly captured by them.”?

4. Who wrote See Ya Simon?

5. Where is this World Heritage site, which is , from memory but open to correction,  the southernmost northern most date palm grove in the World?


Line of the week


Okay, it’s only Monday but this one will be hard to beat:

It’s a nice place to visit but you wouldn’t want to lie there.

It comes from a Southland Times editorial on Mathieu Bastareaud’s attempt to blame his clash with a bedside table on a mugging. You can read the rest of it here.

You get what you pay for


Most people wouldn’t expect five star service from a budget hotel.

Are passengers expecting too much from a budget airline?

A Christchurch woman claims she was fired after delays on Jetstar  made her late for work three weeks in a row. Was that the airline’s fault or hers?

Travellers’ tales from people using budget airlines in Europe have led me to believe you get what you pay for. If it doesn’t matter too much when you take off and arrive, then it’s fine to fly on a budget.

But if you want to be pretty sure you’ll get where you want to go, more or less on schedule then paying a little more is worth it.

Jetstar hasn’t had a good start and appears to have been partly at fault. But passengers have to accept that if they’re paying for budget service that’s what they’ll get.

June 29 in history


On June 29:

1880 France annexed Tahiti.

1974 Isobel Martinez de Peron was sworn in as the first woman President of Argentina.

Isabel Martínez de Perón

1990 Dr Penny Jamieson was appointed Bishop of Dunedin, the first woman to hold that position in the world.

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