Based on EVIDENCE Keys response was neither strong nor reassuring, any applause is unearned and misplaced. /Blair Anderson
Do not be too encouraged, you run the risk of being as disillusioned as the experts in health based drug policy, who, based on outcomes declared the current policy (and regime) as "unfit for use".
Key's naivety is exposed by any reading of Ministry of Health 'best practice' National Drug Policy guidelines. For an economist/accountant (whose capacity to understand such subtlety is about as relevant as his housing corp background) he should know that ALL policy should be assessed and accounted to ensure resources are placed to best advantage. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN DONE. It was included in the policy framework, even budgeted for on an annual basis (there would be nearly a million dollars in pool to do it now) but the line item was REMOVED by all accounts, deduction and from speaking with people involved at the time 'due to legislative implications'. That was/is policy fraud...
No other area of public policy, especially one that leads to the unintended consequences such as dead cops and tens of thousands with criminal lifelong 'numbers tattooed' on arbitrarily selected and undoubtedly fueled by racist and otherwise discriminatory sectors of the population.
If a reader cannot stomach that reality, you are part of the problem. Get rid of your white privilege and become a real communitarian.... there is NOTHING family, christian or good in the current regime.
That Key even argues that police are arbiters of who enters the criminal gateway is an anathema to thinking and reasoned people...it serves only to assuage the guilt (realised or not) of those who are brazen bigots and naive fools.
Thankfully, most people can see right through such cheap pandering politics. Even National supporters.