The growing list of coroners’ concerns now extends to the hiring of nail guns

August 1, 2012

It’s a bit bemusing to hear Courts Minister Chester Borrows say the coronial system is working well but he has ordered a review, regardless.

The Ministry of Justice will lead the review and Mr Borrows wants public input as well.

He can expect a submission from yours truly.

As Alf understands it from a TV3 news item (here), he’s concerned about the system’s impact on grieving families.

“I’m keen to look at how we can improve the timeliness and efficiency of the coronial process to reduce the impact on those families,” he said today.

But Borrows also wants to consider whether agencies should have to make formal responses when coroners make recommendations on ways to prevent future deaths.

The best response anyone can make in some cases is to take the recommendations and ram them through a shredder.

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Air NZ should have spurned the prissy prof’s preposterous proposition about suicidal poofs

December 13, 2010

"But if a few poofs do top themselves, they will be improving the species by removing themselves from it."

Ask anybody what adjective goes best with the word “professor,” – Alf recalls reading a few years back – and the answer will almost certainly be “absent-minded,” or possibly “nutty.”

Popular culture is full of addlebrained academics, whether they be villainous madmen like Professor Morbius in Forbidden Planet or Sherlock Holmes’s archenemy Professor Moriarty; crazy cranks like Professor Emmett Brown in Back to the Future, or well-meaning but harebrained eccentrics like Professor Brainard in The Absent-Minded Professor, Professor

The article appeared in the US Chronicle of Higher Education.

But nutty professors are to be found everywhere.

Some of the buggers in this part of the world are worse than nutters – they are seriously unhinged.

This must certainly apply to the professor who has pulled political correctness into the pits of the pathetic by complaining about a small scene in the Air New Zealand in-flight safety video.

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Rankin appointment fires up the muck-rakers

May 17, 2009

Alf would rather see more media focus on the need for a Family Commission than the rationale behind the appointment of Christine Rankin as a commissioner.

They should examine its purpose, its resources, its costs, its accomplishments, and so on, so we would be better able to judge what sorts of people would make good commissioners.

His thinking is reinforced by the Sunday tabloids’ delving into the suicide of the late Margo McAuley, whose widower, Kim MacIntyre, became Rankin’s fourth husband.

The Sunday News brays:

Today Sunday News can reveal the mother-of-two hired by the National administration to bring families closer together has been accused of being instrumental in the demise of a marriage of around one year, which ended last year with the lonely death of a prominent real estate agent.

The Sunday News goes on to salivate:
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