Now apart from the fact that Joel Loffley is still on trial for the murder of wee JJ Lawrence and therefore entitled to be presumed innocent for the moment, Nash has expressed the sense of outrage that many are feeling as details of JJ's death emerge. If ever there was a case where the death penalty could be considered, it is a case like this.
It's fair to say though that Nash's view did not meet with universal accord; Idiot/Savant from No Right Turn commented several times:
A lawyer noted:
And Danyl from the Dim Post suggested that Nash might be in the wrong party:
Now regardless on people's thoughts on the rights and wrongs of the death penalty, Stuart Nash raised an interesting point. Some crimes simply horrify, and those crimes often produce strong and emotive responses. We somehow reckon that Stuart Nash's visceral response would resonate with Waitakere Man, which probably means that his future in the New Zealand Labour Party of 2012 is somewhat limited.
A quote has been attributed to French enlightenment writer François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), who was better known by the pen name Voltaire; it goes:
"I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
Stuart Nash had a Voltaire Moment last night. Those who were so quick to shout him down ought perhaps have reflected on those words too.