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Newstalk ZB News: and a response (aka “Media Beat-Up 101″).

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on February 25, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH New Zealand

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Police watch Parliament after threats
21/02/2007 16:08:08

Police say threats against Sue Bradford on a controversial website are difficult to act upon as they are anonymous.
The Green MP has been targeted on the name and shame Cyfswatch website, by people upset at her anti-smacking bill, which gets its second reading tonight. The post says Ms Bradford is worthy of being the subject New Zealand’s first political assassination. The blog also asks for her residential address.

Diplomatic Protection Squad head Inspector Bruce Blaney says if the comments break the law, police will prosecute. But he says finding the culprits is often impossible. Inspector Blaney will send officers if there is any threat of unrest at the vote in Parliament tonight and keep an eye on Parliament this afternoon.

Ms Bradford is distressed at the threats, saying the smacking debate has obviously turned very nasty. She says the threats are indicative of some of the people who are campaigning against her. Ms Bradford says it is disgraceful a member of Parliament can be treated this way.

A vocal critic of the anti-smacking bill is also condemning the threats to harm the Green MP. Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie says the smacking debate does not warrant personal threats against people with opposing views. He says he understands the frustration some people are feeling, but says the maturity of a country is shown through its ability to debate issues and find solutions, without resorting to threats.

Yolande responds,

While I do think the comments were probably unwise, it has been interesting to see the haste with which they have been taken out of context and used for political gain by Sue Bradford (Hmmm perhaps Sue Bratforce would have been a name better suited).

Now please do correct me if I am mistaken but I was under the impression that in order to be a threat there must be an expression of INTENT? What I read was “I would like to ….” NOT “I intend to” nor “I am going to…”

What strikes me as more revealing is the haste with which this PERCEIVED “threat” is being responded to by contrast to the utter lack of demonstrative concern being shown within the Beehive for the threat to thousands of our children, young people and their families … which only received an eventual non-commital response.

If only this country regarded the welfare of the children and the young of this nation as highly as it values the likes of Sue Bradford.

Yolande Jeffares

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