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Cooking up a storm

Ian McLean
Spokesperson for the Green Party

Morally appropriate behaviour is not generated reliably by a vague threat of incarceration. Behavioural science has known for decades that it is immediacy of reward and punishment that drives behavioural choices.

To a mixing pot, add some poverty, a limited sense of social responsibility, violence as a normal life experience, boredom, and perhaps some mind-altering substances. 

Stir in a policeman as threat, and a violent upheaval becomes unsurprising.  Any notion of consequence is lost in the actions of the moment.

It is utterly ridiculous, and totally unacceptable, that a policeman is attacked while doing his job. But equally ridiculous is the idea that a greater threat will solve the problem.

The Kawhia policeman was armed with pepper spray, a taser, and a gun. With those ingredients, he inflamed a tense situation and cooked up a spectacle. 

Reduced poverty, better parenting, effective education, mana, and compassion: address these issues at source and unwanted behaviour will slowly fade away.

Ian McLean is a spokesperson for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Politically correct drivel

Posted on 25-01-2013 14:53 | By Phailed

So the policeman inflamed the situation did he? Well many of us who obey the law don't take much notice of panty-waist whiners making excuses for scumbags who ignore law and order. You are however right on one thing, better parenting. Nobody in NZ need live in poverty, there are plenty of benefits and handouts available. As for mana, respect is to be earned, not some elitist birthright.

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