If you break the law, are you committing a criminal offence?
If you are in possession of cannabis, are you breaking the law?
If you commit a criminal offence, are you a criminal?
Update: Replace "in possession of cannabis" with "smacking your kids", ask the questions again, but don't ask Sue Bradford for a straight answer.
Why? As she told Sean Plunket this morning if you give your kid light tap on the bum you are a criminal, meaning you have broken the law.
Initially she said smacking is not a [criminal] offence (so it can't be against the law - so why are you a criminal if you smack?).
But she also said smacking is outlawed (so it IS a criminal offence).
Then she implied that a very light smack is not illegal (so it's not a criminal offence, but you are a criminal if you do it because it is outlawed, although not illegal ).
She also said a person who gives their kid a light tap on the bum was a criminal (now I'm REALLY confused, given that she just said it wasn't an offence, because it wasn't illegal, although outlawed ).
But she then implied the law is "very clear".
All in a couple of minutes.
If Sue Bradford can't explain the implications of her own law, how does she expect anyone else to?
[More on the referendum over here.]