How dare Nigel Latta use his critical faculties and his clinical psychology expertise to come to a rational decision!
I'm pretty much assuming anyone interested in this story will already be sick of the nitty gritty because it is getting saturation coverage.
So instead I wanted to draw attention to the End of the Affair between Latta and Family First.
In the beginning it appears Latta could be the saviour of the smackers, flawed only by his refusal to meet with
Family First NZ is welcoming the appointment of Nigel Latta to the s59 Review Process but is concerned by his comments that he will not be meeting with any lobby groups.
“Nigel Latta has said ‘I did not agree with the original law change. I also voted no in the referendum. I do not believe that a parent smacking their child, in the ‘common sense’ understanding of what that means, should be subject to criminal prosecution or investigation’. That is a breath of fresh air, completely politically incorrect, and suggests that he will represent the concerns of NZ parents when he reviews the effect of the law,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
...Family First is inviting Nigel Latta to meet parents negatively impacted by the anti-smacking law. [my emphasis]
Oh the irony - Latta, the independent reviewer on the panel, with Family First's backing, looked at all the evidence around the cases Family First highlighted and found Bob's version lacking in the critical area of veracity. The results are damning for McCoskrie, and I would hope fatally undermine any credibility he still had with the media.
Family First NZ is dismissing yet another report on the anti-smacking law which fails to address the real issues and concerns over the law change.So Family First are the Way, the Truth and the Light, and everyone else, including zillions of people with everyday practical knowledge of child abuse and parenting, is clearly Wrong.
“This is the eighth report in just over two years on the law change. There have never been so many reports in such a short time frame on a law change in an attempt to sell it,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “The police have done six reports, a report from the ministry of Social Development, and now this report commissioned by the Prime Minister in response to the overwhelming rejection of the law in the recent Referendum.”
Nigel Latta certainly won't be getting a Chrissie card from Bob McCoskrie anytime soon.