I take all your points but it doesn’t make him fair game to have untrue allegations levelled at him because you think he’s a prick. I’m not disputing your stance towards gangs, I feel similarly, but to be able to make false allegations about somebody for not following a way of life you approve of is dangerous thinking. Many innocent black people have been locked away in countries like America because they fit the profile. Had Winston have said Tam knows who the people were that went to Whangarei, that would support your argument, but instead Winston said Tam was the person involved, and that was wrong.Tam is a classic example of the mental torture Chinese speaking kids experienced when they arrived in New Zealand. It is much better now than before but I am sure it is still there.
Similarly rural New Zealand offered work and self respect for Maori youth. In the 1980's that was brutally taken away from them.
They feel unwanted by society, and especially the education system, so of course if they find a group of guys educationally challenged and on the wrong side of the tracks it is comfort they cannot ignore.
Add in a few psycho leaders and it is a time bomb.
Most don't follow that track though.
I remember when gangs were basically a social club that included small time crooks who managed to get into a few fights on the weekend.
Sorry bro, that is no longer the case. They are organized criminal organizations turning over massive amounts of money peddling the evil of meth, which they use to get girls for their brothels and out calls.
Country girls near tourist areas need to pay for their meth somehow.
Are you telling me Harry Tan knows nothing about this? What were those girls doing in Whangarei?
As far as the Police goes I am not close to that scene, but New Zealand is different to places like Sydney where being on the take is more accepted. My guess is that any cop involved in the drug scene here would be outed sooner or later.
Sorry bro, I think he is a prick.
Defamation action is a complex thing and very expensive to undertake. It happens regularly, especially from fat cats to people who don't have the money to defend themselves.I take all your points but it doesn’t make him fair game to have untrue allegations levelled at him because you think he’s a prick. I’m not disputing your stance towards gangs, I feel similarly, but to be able to make false allegations about somebody for not following a way of life you approve of is dangerous thinking. Many innocent black people have been locked away in countries like America because they fit the profile. Had Winston have said Tam knows who the people were that went to Whangarei, that would support your argument, but instead Winston said Tam was the person involved, and that was wrong.
The world is learning, don't buy from China.
Bit like the old weather forecast"Not a cloud in the sky in some places".We have mentioned on here about various reporters or analysts predicting house prices falling or the economy collapsing. When they are wrong they typically don't mention their previous prediction and next time an event that disrupts the economy the predict it again. I think the same has been happening for inflation.
Check out this guy. He acknowledges his previous article from 10 years ago, that is dedication. Wrong for 10 years but I was actually right.
My first column predicting inflation was published one decade and one day ago. Despite my certainty, the anticipated inflation consistently refused to arrive. My failure to be vindicated year after year began to force me to consider, in those quiet moments we all have, the possibility I was wrong.
It is with some hubris that I think of myself as a Cassandra figure, cursed to be making accurate predictions but never believed. The reality was that my forecasts were being confidently rejected by the market because they were widely, and accurately, perceived to be rubbish.
Apparently its a curse that he right but it takes a long time. A pity its raining today good thing on Wednesday it will be sunny 30 degress without a cloud in the sky. Sorry not going to tell you what Wednesday.
The people who do the forecasting for a living and have tools to use compared to his just browse a couple of stats and make a prediction don't have this special curse.
The boffins at the Reserve Bank are no better at forecasting than I am. They suffer from a negative-Cassandra curse, always believed and never accurate. Unlike me, they never suffer insecurity over their repeated failures.
OPINION: We're a consumer society fuelled by billions of freshly printed dollars. This is not a short-term spike, it's a disaster waiting to happen.www.stuff.co.nz
He's predicted inflation will go up and according to his standards a 10 year window is acceptable.Bit like the old weather forecast"Not a cloud in the sky in some places".
Fact is 90% of financial predictions are wrong.
They'll only do it once and wish they never had.Go on...Kiwibuild again...
Tax breaks a huge incentive for landlords to evict hard workers - rent to social housing.www.nzherald.co.nz
She was talking from lay peoples point of view. I agree.Saw a letter to the editor over the wekend
If The Leader of the Opposition finds the Governments Road to Recovery strategy as announced on Friday "extraordinarily confusing" then she doesn't have the intelligence to lead the country