Mike Moreu’s cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of September 4, 2009.
A New Zealand Herald article (August 26, 2009) headlined “Boot camps offer hope to ‘unexploded time-bombs’ ” begins: “The Government has announced 40 places in controversial military-style boot camps will be available to deal with serious young offenders. The camps, to cost $5.3 million over four years, were one of a range of initiatives announced by Prime Minister John Key in Wellington today.”
Interestingly, Kim Workman, project director of Rethinking Crime and Punishment, has commented: “Boot camps and their variants are known in the profession as “correctional quackery” – they satisfy the desire to punish, but fail to produce a result.”
Now the city of Wanganui, led by mayor Michael Laws, is telling people what they can’t wear in public – unless, of course, they are members of groups that are “law-abiding and non-confrontational generally”. Note the “generally” that is tacked on to the end of the statement, which will be found in the third paragraph of the following NZPA report published in the New Zealand Herald on August 31, 2009:
Wanganui District Council banned gang patches from the city at its council meeting today.
The bylaw, which comes into force on tomorrow, will give police powers to fine patchwearers $2000 and to take their gang insignia from them.
“This bylaw is intended to deal with…. gangs, but will not affect clubs and groups who are law-abiding and non-confrontational generally,” a report on the gang bylaw submissions hearing, tabled at today’s meeting by senior councillor Randhir Dahya, said.
“There are people in Wanganui who will say we don’t have a gang problem but the fact is there is a gang problem in Wanganui, just as there is in other towns and cities.”
Police “totally supported” the passing of the bylaw, Mr Dahya’s report said.
“This bylaw demonstrates this council’s commitment to making Wanganui a safe place for all.”
The council was required to signpost where the bylaw would be enforced, and could not determine “all public places in the district are public places”.
It’s sad to see someone in New Zealand making an issue of hijab. To me, the interesting paragraph is the one in the last column that reads: “The judge mistakenly assumed that her headgear was a demonstration of protest at the court.” Is this malicious ignorance, or what?
I like cartoonist Mike Moreu, but think he is weak on Islamic/Middle Eastern issues (which is hardly surprising when one considers their simplistic, often biased coverage by the Western media). I am among those who think the release of “Lockerbie bomber” Abdel Baset al-Megrahi on August 20 probably had little or nothing to do with either compassion or oil. I suspect, like many others, that an appeal lodged against his conviction might have resulted in its being quashed. Then people would have had to ask the awkward question: “Who was really responsible for the Lockerbie bombing?” The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of August 25, 2009.