The Guildford NZ problem


Pic: FairfaxNZ

The controversy over young rugby player Zac Guildford is actually a wider New Zealand problem – normalised binge drinking amongst Gen. Y.  As his generation comes through into prominence (in sport, business, politics) we are having delivered onto the wider national scene, the growing symptoms of a whole generation of young New Zealanders exponentially represented in alcoholic abuse stats as a matter of course.  There was plenty of warning.  When Jenny Shipley’s National government liberalised the drinking age, the parliament was loudly warned.  Naively, her view was, “We can trust young people to drink responsibly.”  As one of her parliamentary candidates myself at that time, my public response, was “If we can’t trust adults to drink responsibly, why teenagers?”  Did not make me popular.

There was much public debate about younger and younger people abusing alcohol if the age was dropped to 18.  Yup, now it’s 12-18.

Our parliament completely dropped the ball on alcohol reform this term, diluting down and ignoring much of the advice proffered.  And so we will enjoy more car wrecks like Zac Guildford in our public life, until we finally wake up (like America to gun proliferation and death in their nation) and finally recognise we need quite radical reform to address this expensive carnage and misery in New Zealand.

“Guildford accepted he had a drinking problem but wanted to continue his rugby career in New Zealand, [his girlfriend] said. Since withdrawing from the Crusaders last week, Guildford, who is expected to attend a New Zealand Rugby Union misconduct hearing this week following an alcohol-related incident at a Christchurch party, has stayed with Spratt at her Pukekohe home.”

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A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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