Rude­ness in Par­lia­ment

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I some­times watch Ques­tion Time in Par­lia­ment. I have no­ticed that the per­son from the Gov­ern­ment an­swer­ing a ques­tion does not eye the per­son, but looks away. To me it shows that they are rude and do not have the guts to look the ques­tioner in the eye.

The fe­males were the best at look­ing the ques­tioner in the eye, par­tic­u­larly Paula Ben­nett and Nikki Kaye who were the best.

The best men were Chris Fin­layson and Nick Smith, and the worst were Steven Joyce, John Key and, es­pe­cially, Bill English. de­cline in road deaths.

Will they there­fore now be hon­est enough to ad­mit that their lat­est ini­tia­tive, to in­flict a zero tol­er­ance regime through the the Christ­mas-New Year hol­i­day pe­riod, was an ut­ter fail­ure?

The sug­ges­tion of hav­ing no tol­er­ance for ‘‘speed­ing’’ ve­hi­cles from De­cem­ber 1, was sup­posed to be some sort of magic for­mula for re­duc­ing road fa­tal­i­ties.

In fact, through the hol­i­day pe­riod, 16 peo­ple died on the roads, more than dou­ble last year’s seven deaths.

It is tragic that there are any fa­tal­i­ties. Just imag­ine the an­guish caused to all those fam­i­lies.

But is it time now for the po­lice to ad­mit that merely con­tin­u­ally re­duc­ing the speed limit (or en­forc­ing it to a ridicu­lous de­gree) is sim­plis­tic and even coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.

New Zealand First po­lice spokesman Ron Mark was spot on last week, when he called the zero tol­er­ance speed cam­paign a ‘‘failed ex­per­i­ment’’. He ac­cused the po­lice and the Gov­ern­ment of stealth tax­a­tion via speed­ing fines. I agree with him.

I wish the po­lice re­sources were used prop­erly, in­stead of brand­ing a driver go­ing 56kmh on a wide road in low traf­fic and good weather a ‘‘speed­ster’’.

As I drove around this hol­i­day pe­riod I felt there was more er­ratic driv­ing than ever. Was this be­cause driv­ers were con­stantly check­ing their speedome­ters and brak­ing, rather than merely driv­ing smoothly (and safely) as in times past?

The fact is that the ridicu­lously tighter speed­ing re­stric­tions do noth­ing to lower the num­ber of road deaths, be­cause they tar­get the wrong peo­ple. They are hit­ting the driv­ers who might be go­ing a few kilo­me­tres an hour over a stated limit, but are not in fact ‘‘speed­ing’’

The idiots, who are belt­ing along our roads at breathtaking speeds, and are of­ten im­paired by al­co­hol, are the real cul­prits.

Why don’t the po­lice spend their time chas­ing them in­stead of hit­ting on easy tar­gets and quick rev­enue gath­er­ing?

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