Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Sunday, September 04, 2005

commentating on commentating....

Dear Peter, [mailto:metcalph@quicksilver.net.nz]

editor of METCALPH'S BLOG

Curiously I observe your 'dope' prejudices from time to time.

For someone professing objectivity, your linking my candidacy in ILAM to 125 votes for the ALCP is laughably ridiculous and says more about your intellectual fidelity than what I stand for.

Perhaps you might like to pay attention to the fact that in this 'presidential' style election campaign there is a factor that you have under estimated, the 'little guys' access to the new media 'advantage' and of course the powerful contribution one person can make to to informed debate.

Were you to be as candid as you have been to others in your independent candidate assessment, you might like to reference some 'real' data ABOUT ME rather than your apparently anti dope (the word even stinks of prejudice) position, report that I am not even a financial member of the ALCP and be a bit more diligent in maintaining an impartial presentation.

Consider, I ran against Jim Anderton in 2002, I got more than 600 votes as an independent and my entire campaign cost less than 25 dollars. Which in real terms is probably the most cost effective vote/dollar campaign in New Zealand. Perhaps that is because I trade in ideas and deliver my message by other means.

Stumble over my web site if you wish.... I'm not here to inform you, CONVINCE YOU of my ideals or demand any retraction or correction....
Frankly, I don't care what you think, nor do i dwell on your political allegiance.

But i do care about your publishing misleading and 'omission of fact' disenfranchising of legitimate electoral debate.

New Zealand was the only westminster based nation that had 'lets not talk about cannabis' as a condition of supply and confidence. Judy Turner (UF) threatened to throw the toys out of the cot in June 'if there was going to be any change in the legal status of cannabis'...And that Peter, would have given us an early election. Perhaps Helen Clark was right to quietly ignore the issue for stability....aferall it was she who said "partial decriminalisation'.. Even David Lange said "tax and regulate'. Notably in 1998 the LABOUR party passed a remit demanding a ROYAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY into the drug laws relating to cannabis. Few who supported the motion 'did dope', but likely some may have.

But the impression you leave is to offensively pretend that dope is all I do. Even were it so, I have 530 Professors of Economics who support my world view... three of who are nobel laureates.
(see: http://www.prohibitioncosts.org) Perhaps there is our enduring national tax cut. Certainly neither accounting guru's Don Brash nor Micheal Cullen have been able to substantiate to ANYONE, least of all tax payers that prohibition is a cost effective intervention.

If you think I (or indeed many others including ALCP) do this to "GET' elected then please dismiss this email, it is likely it won't make sense to you.
But if on the other hand your integrity is worth the time you put into your candidate evaluation in your otherwise excellent blog, then make of it what you will.

Have an utterly magnificent day.... /Blair
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