Guy Body’s view Get ready, Na­tional

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Te reo demo

Stu­dents from West­lake Girls High School, Carmel Col­lege and Mil­ford Pri­mary demon­strat­ing their sup­port of M¯aori lan­guage week on Tues­day with plac­ards, posters and ver­bal chants along the kerbs of Shake­speare Rd and Wairau Rd struck me as a les­son in civil disobe­di­ence. Ob­vi­ously the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion think it is a good op­tion to teach pub­lic demon­stra­tion but why did each school need a po­lice pres­ence? Who pays for the po­lice? I don’t think we should be hav­ing our school kids protest­ing in that man­ner. I felt threat­ened.

Les­ley Bail­lie, Mur­rays Bay.

Fall­ing ill abroad

Your cor­re­spon­dent Norm Emp­son cas­ti­gates the Gov­ern­ment for not bring­ing back from Bali one of our cit­i­zens need­ing ur­gent med­i­cal at­ten­tion. Bring­ing one per­son back to New Zealand for med­i­cal at­ten­tion would open the flood­gates to fu­ture trav­ellers and would very quickly de­velop into a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar an­nual cost. The Gov­ern­ment shouldn’t have to do what peo­ple should be do­ing for them­selves. It is yet an­other ex­am­ple of a pop­u­la­tion who have a grow­ing feel­ing of en­ti­tle­ment.

Richard Telford, Lu­cas Heights.

Ag­gres­sive ques­tion

Might I of­fer an al­ter­na­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Brown­lee phonecall saga? A firm of car­pet­bag­ger lawyers from the big smoke try to drum up busi­ness for them­selves in Christchurch by putting the fright­en­ers on res­i­dents of that trau­ma­tised town. A lo­cal MP rides to the as­sis­tance of his con­stituents and de­mands in­for­ma­tion from the car­pet­bag­gers. The sen­si­tive young lawyer who took the MP’s phone call was of­fended by his ro­bust ri­postes and had to go home for a cup of tea and a lie down. The car­pet­bag­gers then saw an op­por­tu­nity for a bit of free pub­lic­ity and scur­ried off to the me­dia.

Clearly the young lawyer’s ex­pen­sive le­gal ed­u­ca­tion failed to ex­plain how to hang up on a phone call if you don’t like what you are hear­ing. Mal­colm Bell, For­rest Hill.

Hands off

Be­fore the Auck­land Coun­cil puts houses on Cham­ber­lain Park Golf Course it needs to re­call that its pre­de­ces­sor in the 1930s re­jected a hous­ing op­tion for what was then waste land on the grounds that the un­der­ly­ing basalt rock made build­ing too dif­fi­cult, and in­stead cre­ated a golf course for the use of the pub­lic of Auck­land. The coun­cil should also re­call a coun­cil sur­vey held be­tween Novem­ber 2014 and Fe­bru­ary 2015 on uses for Cham­ber­lain Park re­turned a 77 per cent “no hous­ing” re­sponse, the high­est re­sponse to any ques­tion in the sur­vey.

Richard Quince, Mt Eden.

Crim­i­nal ex­pense

An­drew Lit­tle’s crim­i­nal jus­tice sum­mit bears closer ex­am­i­na­tion. It is in­cred­i­ble the or­gan­is­ers don’t know whether it was 600 or 700 who at­tended. It is equally un­be­liev­able that even if there were 700 par­tic­i­pants, the cost works out at $2142 per per­son. I can’t un­der­stand how that sort of money could be spent for a two-day talk fest. The tax­payer de­serves a full break­down of this crim­i­nal ex­pense.

John Ka­nia, Long Bay. With the Labour Party seem­ingly fall­ing apart at the seams, Na­tional needs to re­vamp their team and get ready to make a chal­lenge. The Bridges/Ben­nett lead­er­ship sim­ply does not cut it.

Na­tional needs to look at it’s top 10 and get real strength, peo­ple we re­ally can be­lieve in, peo­ple who we think can take us for­ward into the fu­ture, as tur­bu­lent as it is go­ing to be.

Stu­art McMona­gle, Green­hithe.

Unions needed

I be­lieve Mike Hosk­ing is wrong when he blames the unions for the ills in so­ci­ety and busi­ness. With­out unions there would still be child labour with young­sters up chim­neys and there would not be week­ends off. Trade unions suc­ceeded in curb­ing the ex­cesses of greedy cap­i­tal­ists par­tic­u­larly in the USA.

I lived through the “Win­ter of Dis­con­tent” in the 70s in Eng­land but while I agree the unions and their ex­cesses in those days de­served to get a ham­mer­ing from the likes of Mar­garet Thatcher, a bal­ance has to be struck.

Martin Poo­ley, Opotiki.

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