Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Australia Votes 2010 - Asylum-seekers

Okay. This is an issue that seems to rear its head every time an election is called, so I want to put it to rest once and for all: asylum-seekers and the issue of stopping the boats. It’s an issue surrounded by lies, misunderstandings and hyperbole, and does a very good job of distracting voters from the real issues they should be worrying about. So let’s sort out the facts before everyone goes to the polls on Saturday.

Monday, August 9, 2010

In defense of leniency

Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry. To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery. – George Polya

Woman let off for drink-driving over lack of public transport

It’s a bit of a role-reversal that the comedians are being pedantic and the lawyer is being compassionate, but that’s what we have here.