30 Jul 2018

The Panel with Jo McCarroll and Mike Rehu (Part 1)

From The Panel, 4:03 pm on 30 July 2018

Joseph Parker was knocked down in the final round of his heavyweight bout against Dillian Whyte. He'd earlier been head butted. Now the analysis is doing the rounds. He wasn't hungry enough. He wasn't well-trained enough. The National Party had its conference on the weekend. Former PM John Key spoke and offered words of support to the current party leader Simon Bridges. A for their policy announcements - did vowing to reduce primary school class sizes and bringing back charter schools really cut it as exciting conference material? The former National Party leader John Key has stuck to the tried and true by telling the party conference that Labour isn't equipped to handle a slowing economy. Meanwhile, Statistics NZ figures are due out this week and will show stability in the labour market with unemployment levels, employment rates and the rate of participation in the economy. There's a renewed call to ban gang patches. This time it's from National's Justice spokesman Mark Mitchell who says people are intimidated by the patches. But Sociologist Jarrod Gilbert says Mr Mitchell doesn't know what he's talking about. Mr Gilbert says getting rid of gang insignia won't reduce crime and that members of the public at least can identify a gang menber and avoid them when they're patched.