As much as LeesGal­loway is try­ing to nudge his of­fi­cials un­der the bus, the re­spon­si­bil­ity for mak­ing the de­ci­sion is his own.

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Pre­sum­ably the Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter’s de­ci­sion on Karel Sroubek (News, Oc­to­ber 26) will be re­versed af­ter a pre­dictable in­ter­est-quelling in­ves­ti­ga­tion, os­ten­si­bly be­cause of sur­pris­ingly new in­for­ma­tion, such as some pos­si­ble risk to Sroubek’s wife, whose safety would seem to be much more im­por­tant than is the safety of us hap­less pub­lic. It seems un­likely that we’ll ever be told why this ha­bit­ual crim­i­nal and il­le­gal im­mi­grant was not to be de­ported. My guess is that the de­ci­sion to grant Sroubek res­i­dency was part of a soft­en­ing up strat­egy to ready us for the pend­ing as­sim­i­la­tion of some very sus­pect refugees, asy­lum seek­ers, and queue-jumpers.

I’m scratch­ing my head af­ter read­ing about Sroubek.

I spent al­most 20 years in New Zealand. My Kiwi wife brought me there in late 1995, I got my res­i­dency and life was great. I was work­ing in con­struc­tion, bought a home, had a cou­ple of kids and set­tled in.

Then my mar­riage fell apart and I ended up be­com­ing il­le­gal in New Zealand. No one in Im­mi­gra­tion would help.

I chose to go un­der­ground so I could stay with my two sons, but Im­mi­gra­tion fi­nally caught up with me three years ago, and told me to leave or be de­ported.

My ap­peal was given to the Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion at the time, Michael Wood­house, who has been very vo­cal re­cently on an im­mi­gra­tion mat­ter. He passed it on to the as­so­ciate min­is­ter, who told me to leave.

Only months prior Peter Thiel got a pass­port de­spite hav­ing no ties of any kind to New Zealand. I didn’t want a pass­port, I just wanted to stay in New Zealand to be with my sons

Wand con­tinue my job as a par­ent.

I hope the cur­rent min­is­ter, Iain Lees-Gal­loway, is read­ing this. I sent an email to his of­fice just a week ago beg­ging for per­mis­sion to visit my sons in Feb­ru­ary 2019. That’s how bad things are, I have to beg peo­ple to let me visit my sons. I can’t be­lieve Bryan Ferry is re­turn­ing to New Zealand. Dur­ing his last tour his gui­tarist fell over on­stage. This was put down to an ap­par­ent heart con­di­tion but I think the guy just dozed off along with most of the au­di­ence.

Hav­ing picked up a few re­place­ment feath­ers along the way, 70s rock­ers the Ea­gles also have us in their sights. This band seem deter­mined to be­come one of their own songs.

Des­per­ado loosely trans­lates as des­per­ate although it’s dif­fi­cult to say whether this ap­plies mainly to the group or their fans. Isn’t it enough they have con­demned le­gions of gui­tar play­ers to be ‘‘prison­ers of their own de­vice’’ as the strug­gle end­lessly to achieve that note­per­fect ver­sion of the the solo in Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia?

Try as they might, these old rock­ers strug­gle to recre­ate any­thing close to their glory days. I to­tally agree with the in­ter­na­tional dis­gust ex­pressed against white su­prem­a­cist Robert Bower’s at­tack on in­no­cent wor­ship­pers at a syn­a­gogue in Pitts­burgh re­cently. Also, Aung San Suu Kyi’s seem­ing in­dif­fer­ence to the eth­nic cleans­ing of the Ro­hingya e were in the dis­trict court, talk­ing with a woman who had worked there 30 years and seen it all. She said: ‘‘The peo­ple we see the most are young men. The rea­son they end up here is be­cause they can never think more than one step ahead.’’

This is not an af­flic­tion that en­tirely wears off. If there had been a bit more think­ing a few more steps ahead, we might not be fac­ing eco­log­i­cal catas­tro­phe from burn­ing fos­sil fu­els.

If there had been a bit more think­ing a few steps ahead, the cost of a roof over your head might not be such a night­mare for so many New Zealan­ders.

Wel­come back my friends, to the hous­ing show that never ends. Will Ki­wibuild solve all our prob­lems?

No, said var­i­ous peo­ple nois­ily this week. ‘‘Losers!’’ Sneered anony­mous Na­tional party func­tionar­ies on Twit­ter, ‘‘Don’t know what they’re do­ing.’’

‘‘All of a sud­den peo­ple were say­ing ‘hang on we thought these were go­ing to peo­ple in need’,’’ said Ju­dith Collins in her char­ac­ter­is­tic pos­ture of non­re­treat from an er­ror.

She had mis­taken a young cou­ple’s ex­pres­sion of love for a travel brag and was now some­how panel-beat­ing that into a story about Phil Twyford peo­ple in Myan­mar is justly re­ceiv­ing wide­spread con­dem­na­tion.

How­ever, it is a great pity that sim­i­lar out­pour­ings of dis­gust are not di­rected to­wards the su­prem­a­cist be­hav­iour of Is­raeli Zion­ists. Where is the out­rage at the on-go­ing slaugh­ter of un­armed Pales­tinian protesters in­clud­ing in­no­cent chil­dren and clearly iden­ti­fi­able medics at the Gaza border?

Mur­der is mur­der and racism is racism who­ever is the per­pe­tra­tor or vic­tim. The is­sue of whether or not abor­tion should be con­sid­ered as a health rather than a jus­tice is­sue is a red her­ring.

The real is­sue is whether there should be any re­stric­tions at all on the ges­ta­tional age at which abor­tions can be per­formed.

All three ‘mod­els’ put for­ward by the Law Com­mis­sion would al­low abor­tion on de­mand right up to birth.

The big change from the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion would be the in­crease in late-term abor­tions, which en­ter com­pletely new ter­ri­tory in or­der to achieve the ob­ject of ter­mi­nat­ing the preg­nancy.

The com­mis­sion ex­plains that this is be­cause the woman would need to agree to ‘feti­cide’, which in­volves the di­rect killing of the un­born child in utero by means of a lethal in­jec­tion to the heart.

With­out this there would be a sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger that the child would be born alive as in many cases it would al­ready have reached the stage of vi­a­bil­ity.

Imag­ine what a dilemma this would cause to the mother and to her health­care team.

The com­mis­sion’s re­port is be­ing wrong about ev­ery­thing, which is one she never tires of telling.

Are they losers? Do they not know what they’re do­ing?

Be fair, said Phil Twyford, who is al­ways con­fi­dent he’s not wrong. What you have to fix is not just one thing but a whole bunch of them, he said.

They aren’t just build­ing prop­er­ties for firsthome buy­ers, they’re also put­ting three bil­lion into ren­o­vat­ing ex­ist­ing state homes and build­ing

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