The smacking issue.
First let me say I really don't care one way or the other what they did or in fact end up doing.
I have made the decision to become Italian in my regard for the laws of this country. I shall follow the laws that cause me the least inconvenience and all others will be disregarded. That is my personal choice and as long as my finely tuned sense of right and wrong does not slip I should manage to avoid becoming a statistic.
John key has this week made a decision that will see his personal popularity slip, of that there is no doubt. But have any of the enormous legion of bloggers and commenters actually asked themselves why?
And here are the only two answers my brain can come up with.
1. He has a deeply held belief that smacking is wrong and is prepared to face criticism from the majority and put his job at risk because he believes they are wrong.
2. He is a political novice who can be easily swayed by frantic lobbying by colleagues and advisers within the beltway. Blind arrogance this early is a nightmare for us all.
If the answer is 1. Good for him. He is wrong but I can respect an opinion that is firmly held and will defend him in much the same way I defend Willie Jackson.
If the answer is 2. He should resign.