CRIME TRENDS: In the 12 months to June 2005
- 7.1% reduction across all offences
- police resolution of crimes stable at 44.2%
- 40% of prison population are violent offenders *
- dishonesty offences make up 60% of all crime **
- marginal reduction in family violence***
- vehicle crime nearly 18% of all reported crime ****
** Half of these are theft & burglary
*** Estimated levels of incidents not reported, a "key concern."
**** High by overseas standards. Also, theft of/from cars significantly under-reported.
The Eradicator married a Maori Person! Or so says Don Brash while commenting on Wayne Mapp's new PC-eliminator role. For the record, Mrs Denise Henare is a she-person. A barrister, too, so let's have no dumb Maori jokes ;-) it wouldn't be PC, after all... I say more power to Wayne, and hope his attacks on the Human Rights Commission are unrelenting, particularly its emphasis on 'advocacy' [which is gummint-speak for 'doing all you can to assist the Labour Party'].
Hurricane Harriet dissipates
And what a ferocious storm it was! I've never seen such Republican & conservative fury (from some quarters) over President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. I've always been of the mind that the nominee is the prerogative of the POTUS and no one else. That's something I still maintain. I'll leave it at that. I continue to support the President, regardless. Now that she has withdrawn I hope the GOP can prepare for the 2006 mid-term elections - after recovering from the coming storm over the next nominee, that is. Don't put away your raincoats yet, folks!