Greg King a huge loss to New Zealand
Greg King a
huge loss to New Zealand
David Shearer extends his sincerest sympathies to the family
of lawyer Greg King, who died yesterday.
"Greg had one of
this country's finest legal brains. There wouldn't be many
New Zealanders who hadn't heard of him.
"While most would
know him for his high profile high court work, Greg also
represented employment, family law and civil law
"He has also made a huge contribution to raising
the profile of the legal profession.
death at such a young age is a tragedy. It will leave a huge
gap, and my deepest sympathies go to his wife Catherine,
children Pippa and Millie, their family and friends," David
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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.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>