Anyway, we digress. Firstly she comments on the Gang Insignia Bill, which plans to ban the wearing of gang patches in Wanganui. We have refrained from comment on this to date, having mixed feelings about the potential effectiveness of the legislation. But regular Keeping Stock readers will be well aware of our feelings towards gangs. So we heartily endorse these paragraphs from Ms Woodham:
I know it's probably bad law and that it will be difficult to enforce. But anything that makes life more difficult for scummy gang members is fine by me. I'd be all good with gang members beating the crap out of each other for daring to wear their colours if a) innocent red/yellow T-shirt wearers weren't caught up in the violence and b) the attacks didn't soak up so much police/hospital/ACC/rehab time.
Metiria Turei was wittering on about the proposed law being a violation of the rights of New Zealand citizens. Give me a break. Having the genetic good fortune to be born in this country does not make you a citizen in my mind. Contributing, offering your talents and your strengths, paying taxes, giving something back - that makes you a citizen.
And we agree even more heartily with her conclusion:
These gang members are leeches. Look at the fragrant Victoria Stevens - the mother who barked at her Mongrel Mob son in court as a gesture of support as he faced a murder charge. What a huckery old moll she is. I should thank her, though. The image of her being led away by cops with her guts hanging out over her plus-sized jeans has prompted me to set the alarm 15 minutes early and do three sets of 50 abdominal crunches before breakfast.
Her son is a gang associate up on a murder charge and she's a long-term invalid beneficiary. Apparently she has weak bones, arthritis and emotional problems. How in God's name do these people add to the sum total of human intelligence and goodness? They don't and while the law may be fatally flawed and ultimately useless, can't we at least try to make life difficult for the gangs?
She's dead right. The Gang Insignia Bill may have flaws, but it is a start. And it's a damn sight better than sitting on our hands while hand-wringling liberals make excuses for the evil criminals who comprise our gangs. And for that reason alone, it deserves our support.