Prime Minister Helen Clark appears to be taking a political pounding over the Electoral Finance Bill currently before Parliament. With the weekend's political poll showing National still holding a commanding lead, the party's Deputy Leader Bill English has been landing more punches, telling Clark she has only herself to blame for the mess as a growing community voice starts to rise against the Bill. The draconian legislation would give the State the right to silence ordinary free speech and political discussion and lobbying in election year.
New figures show little improvement at the child welfare coalface. A six year old Taranaki girl in CYF care has been moved to nine different homes in the past year, whilst an 11 year old boy from Christchurch has moved 11 times. As National's associate welfare spokeswoman Anne Tolley points out, kids need routine.
What is it that young testosterone-fuelled males need? As the country debates yet another boy racer death over the weekend, I was reminded of an article Investigate ran two years ago where the blame is actually laid on the feminisation of society. How, you may ask? Well, as Paul Ham wrote, it has a lot to do with the female urge to nurture and protect, manifesting itself in society now there is much greater female political influence, versus the need of young bucks to prove themselves, to themselves.
It is Islam Awareness Week in New Zealand, a chance for all of us to have the warm fuzzies about the Religion of Peace. Or is it? Debate has broken out about Islamic intentions on a number of blogsites, while in the US and in Australia there is growing controversy about the spread of Islamic schools and the fundamentalism associated with them. This is the key question. How far should Western tolerance extend towards an intolerant religion?
Meanwhile the Global Warming debate is about to embarrass Newsweek magazine. After a huge cover scare story this week aimed at ridiculing "climate change deniers" (as if they can somehow be equated with the Flat Earth Society), the magazine is about to publish a scathing critique of its own coverage in next week's issue. Does liberal hand-wringing and self-flagellation truly know no bounds?
Apologies for the infrequent posting - print deadline called me away.