Greens acknowledge Kerr as respected opponent
29 October 2011
Greens acknowledge Kerr as
The Green Party today
acknowledged the death of Roger Kerr, saying he was a
principled man and respected opponent.
a leading figure in the debate over the direction of the new
Zealand economy. He played the issues not the person,”
said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.
disagreed with most of his views but he was prepared to
debate them openly and frankly.
“We extend our
sympathy to his family and friends for their loss,” said
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
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