Car crushing bullshit
Banks calls Govt's boy-racer measures 'draconian'
The Government says its "anti-cruising" measure will clear boy-racers off designated streets - but Auckland City mayor John Banks compares the plans to the "draconian" ban on gang patches in Wanganui. Outlining the Government's wide-ranging crackdown yesterday, Prime Minister John Key said it would stop boy-racers "circling the same streets again and again". The proposed law will allow local authorities to make bylaws preventing people "cruising" down certain streets. Transport Minister Steven Joyce said cruising was defined as "repeatedly driving over the same section of road in a motor vehicle that draws attention to the sound of its engine or creates a convoy that impedes traffic flow". This meant cruising would not capture those "just looking for a carpark". But Mr Banks last night said he would not be rushing to introduce an anti-cruising ban on Queen St. "I'm the Mayor for all of the people that live in this city. We promote good behaviour and boy-racers that behave themselves are not an issue. There are bigger problems in the CBD Auckland today than boy-racers."
You know when John Banks is on your side that things have gone dreadfully wrong, the re-interpretation of Banks continues as he edges closer to being the first Mayor of the Super City.
It’s just all so juvenile isn’t it? ‘Crusher’ Collins, she’s a Minister of the Crown for Christ’s sake, watching her roll around like a pig in shit everytime she got to mention the word ‘crush’ was too much even for a masochist in a gimp suit.
The Police don’t bother policing boy racers because there ain’t no bloody money in it for them, speeding, now that’s a revenue stream, boy racing, that’s a waste of time and tends to end in police chases the cops miraculously seem to officially call off 3 seconds before someone crashes and dies.
Don’t get me wrong, I think boy racers can be a pain in the arse, I live in the city, they hoon around my place all the time, but clamping down on the sale of mufflers designed to cause noise would be a much better way of dealing with the nuisance of boy racers than this crushing crap. The cops have gone along with this because it creates a massive new level of powers they can use against everyone and National have no problems eroding your civil liberties for a populist knee jerk.
With confiscation via legislation of the seabed and foreshore legislation, Labour tried to manage red necks rather than challenge them and they ended up standing for nothing which was why so many urban liberals in Auckland didn’t vote in the last election leading to one of the lowest elector turn outs ever. National aren’t managing the red neck, they are actively feeding them with raw meat policy that has talkback land in ecstasy, I’m sure Michael Laws actually had an orgasm on air trying to whip up white supremacist hate groups to attack the Hikoi on Monday.
What National have granted the cops in their populist knee jerk is the power to arrest people for nothing. Once upon a time the Police could ask you for your name, address and employer details, now the Police have an open ended list of questions they can ask you and if they don’t like any answer are now allowed to arrest you. This is a VAST increase in powers allowing for anyone to be arrested merely on the basis the cop arresting you doesn’t like any one of your answers to a list of undefined questions they subjectively decide you've answerd or not. BUT IT GETS WORSE, here are the exact words used in the Policing Act…
may only use reasonable force that may be necessary to secure the persons identifying particulars.
…so a cop can use ‘reasonable force’ to force you to hand over ‘identifying particulars’ – what this amounts to is an ill-defined loophole that greenlights any Police behaviour when arresting you for reasons that are now purely subjective.
This insidious rebalance of power away from protecting citizens rights to curbside judge, jury and executioner isn’t purely a National drift, by attempting to manage redneck NZ, Labour has played it’s part in allowing this trend to begin under it’s watch. These new draconian powers won’t do a damned thing to deal with the boy racer nuisance, but they will be a massive step towards giving Police any excuse to abuse these new powers, while it’s the brown kids getting picked on nothing will happen, the second abuse occurs to a nice white middle class kid the media will demand answers. It’s a pity we have to wait for that.