Green Police priorities

October 31st, 2007 at 6:57 am by David Farrar

Is it only me who has been amused by the different positions the Greens have taken on Police actions this week.

When it comes to swooping on parents who were reported as having smacked a child, the Greens were fully supportive:

“I think it’s really great that the school had the courage to report the woman and that it sounds from what little we know that the processes are being followed exactly as police and CYF told us they would be when we put this through Parliament,”

This was after three (yes three) police officers arrived at a mother’s home, acting on a complaint from a neighbour that the mother had smacked her child on the backside with the palm of her hand during an incident around the trampoline in the backyard.

But what do the Greens say when it doesn’t involve the serious crime of smacking a backside, but minor stuff like alleged firearm and terrorism offences or to quote Helen Clark:

‘at the very least illicitly used firearms, constructed Molotov cocktails and trained themselves in how to use napalm.’

So let’s see what Keith Locke has said

“MP Keith Locke says the police need to back off.”

Locke spoke saying New Zealand was looking hard for a way to join the war on terror.

“They were happy when [Algerian refugee] Ahmed Zaoui came along, we had our very own terrorist. When that fell through they went after activists.”

So the Greens claim this is all invented to make us look tough in the war on terror.

So going after mothers who smack their child on the backside is great, but going after people whom to quote Helen Clark “at the very least illicitly used firearms, constructed Molotov cocktails and trained themselves in how to use napalm” is bad and the Police aren’t given any benefit of the doubt.

Yes I know the mother in question wasn’t arrested at gun point, but you know it would be nice if the Greens were just slightly more balanced on these issues.  They attack the Police and the Government at every turn on the arrests, without even waiting to hear any evidence.  They demand bail for all 17 arrested, without even waiting to hear any details.

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