'Shoot the victim' -- and make even more victims
Helen Clark & John Key's disgraceful 'shoot the victim' response to Navtej Singh's brutal murder - which is to impugn honest shop owners and close down the shops of his colleagues -- is not just factually challenged (as Whale Oil demonstrates), it's not just punishing to all of us (as Oswald bemoans), but it's historically and demonstrably destructive. As Phil at Pacific Empire explains,
excessive restrictions on liquor outlets actually contributed to one of Auckland’s most notorious murders... [As that murder and research by Paul Christoffel demonstrates] if you criminalise something, or even just restrict the supply, you will create a black market, with inevitably violent competition. And while there is currently no, or almost no, black market in alcohol, further restrictions may well resurrect the practice of “sly-grogging”. Especially as excise tax goes up again on July 1, raising the price of spirits by up to 10%. Ill-thought-out policy will result in unintended consequences - in this case, providing another profit-making opportunity for organised crime.
Like South Auckland needs more profit-making opportunities for organised crime, right? And like the politicians really care, right?