Friday, February 16, 2018

Something must be done, this is something, therefore this must be done


Otherwise known as "The National Party's approach to drug testing, in a nutshell." National, being a party of stuffed shirts, likes nothing better than sticking it to people who use drugs other than alcohol or tobacco.

 Yesterday saw them playing to the dumbass market (nothing new there) by demanding that a stuffed shirt's bill to implement roadside saliva testing be introduced. Fortunately, the excellent Julie-Ann Genter was having none of it, and the sight of a minister of the crown telling the braying Tory jackasses that her government prefers evidence-based policy to knee-jerk virtue-signalling was a glory to behold:




I ask all our right-wing readers out there this question:  if random roadside breath-testing by the Police only indicated whether you'd drunk alcohol within the last couple of days, and the cops could confiscate your keys and charge you if it gave a positive result, how enthusiastic would you be about a bill to introduce that testing, and how keen would you be to vote for the party that pushed for it?  If the answer is "Not very,"  do some thinking about whether you'd vote for a party with Chris Bishop and Alistair Scott as MPs.

11 comments:

David said...

Right on, Milt.

If drug policy was based on evidence, marijuana would be sold in delis and alcohol would be totally prohibited. Shit, you don't even need science to show you the differences in harm, simple observation of drunks at rugger and stoners at a concert will do.

But in politics, nothing is decided on harm minimisation, it is decided on who has the bigger bank account.

Psycho Milt said...

If drug policy was based on evidence, marijuana would be sold in delis and alcohol would be totally prohibited.

True re the harm relativities, but I should add the disclaimer that I'm a heavy alcohol user (well, by Doug Sellman's definition, anyway) so would have 0 enthusiasm for further limits on alcohol consumption.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I see David has moved from SA to Blighty. That's the only place in the world the game is referred to as 'rugger.' Here I agree as the sight of a mob of pissed Pom can be daunting.

On the way across, he appears to have magically acquired expertise in assessing the damage caused by narcotics.

The Veteran said...

Milt ... I listened to the exchange. So JAG disagrees with the Minister of Police on the issue ... another crack in the coalition then.

Psycho Milt said...

The Minister of Police would be better suited to the National Party, so I'm neither surprised nor disappointed that Genter disagrees with him.

Anonymous said...

If the test indicated the use of specific drugs in a 12 hour time lapse I would agree but it seems it doesn't. If all the high tech kit the Olympic drug testers have can still throw out skewed results there is no hope of developing a reliable test that can be used by road side Plod.

Effectively the department of Plod is leaving itself open to legal action on an industrial scale because somebody was on asthma medication.

Lord Egbut

Anonymous said...

Adolf troll DLT.......yes exactly, like you David is not who he appears to be. Many posts ago he was serving you in his little shop.

Lord Egbut

David said...

Egbut, I am who I am, and it isn't a "little shop", it is quite large - full service Newsagency, yes, I even stock the "Guardian Weekly". I no longer serve Adolf as he fled west to escape the temptations of decent wine.

Adolf, one does not need to be an expert in narcotics to tell the difference in harm caused by alcohol and Mary Jane.

The Veteran said...

Milt ... so the coalition remains rock solid then apart from the Greens Minister ranked 30th effectively calling the Labour Party Minister ranked 13th a dick in the House and you reinforcing that by arguing that he (Nash) is a closet Tory and she (Genter) is justified in her comment. Nice one ... may there be many more to come.

Psycho Milt said...

Pretty much, yeah. That about sums it up.

At work I've been known to say "[Organisation I work for] is not a democracy," and no doubt the people running the major parties say the same thing, but you can't say it in a political coalition because actually yes it is a democracy. Genter's under no obligation to fake agreement with stupid stuff Nash says, which is a good thing - it bodes well for an improvement in standards of governance in NZ under this government.

The Veteran said...

and may there be many more public falling outs to come. Mind you the Greens calling a senior Labour Minister stupid is nothing compared with that Party allowing themselves to be rogered big time in agreeing to support the odious Electoral (Preserve Winston Peters' Hide) Integrity Bill ... more on that tomorrow and prepare to be embarrassed.