BLOG - Rugby, the nation, and the flag
The All Black tour of 1905, like the battle of Gallipoli a decade later, was a moment New Zealanders, both contemporaries and their descendants, took to be a defining moment. These were moments that highlighted something essential about New Zealanders and their culture (their strength, their bravery, their ingenuity) as well as establishing New Zealand’s relationship with the Empire and Commonwealth – no “little Britain” but a land and people of its own with much to be proud of.
BLOG - Assisted dying rejected again
This past Friday the UK’s House of Commons rejected a bill that would legalise assisted suicide; with 330 MP’s voting against it, and just 118 voting to pass it through for a second reading. The vote came after almost five hours of debate in the House, and months of passionate campaigning from both sides.
Proponents of assisted suicide in the UK claim that 80% of the public want legalised assisted suicide. So why have their parliamentarians rejected the notion with a two thirds majority?