Referendum angst

Media reporters seem to have taken a great dislike to the upcoming referendum on the anti-smacking law recently enacted. Perhaps it is easy to forget that over 300,000 people said “No” to the very question to be put to the public.

Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?

There would be no need for a referendum if the government had not enacted such unpopular and idiotic legislation. But perhaps there is something to legisation of this sort? Suppose we apply the same technique of criminalizing positive behaviour together with the abuse to other societal ills? I know! Lets declare alcohol a class A drug! Alcohol abuse causes huge damage to society. If we make alcohol consumption punishable to the same level as heroin, that will certainly “send the message” that alcohol abuse is unacceptable to society. But never fear, we put it in the law that the police will not prosecute if they feel the effect of the abuser’s alcohol consumption is “inconsequential”.

Thinking ” If I drink this glass of wine, and that woman over there reports me, I could actually get 4 years in the slammer, if the cops don’t like me…” just might lower the rates of alcohol abuse!

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