Archive for October, 2010

It’s a stupid question

October 9, 2010

Talked with friends recently about the New Zealand referendum on smacking. The comment made was that the question was stupid/bad because it was “loaded”. The question was “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?”. Presumably this is a loaded because “everyone would say No to that”. Actually only 87.6% of respondents said “No”, 12.4% said that a smack, even as a part of good parental correction should be a criminal offence. And so it is today in New Zealand. Democracy? I think not.