Wow Luxon’s interview on The AM Show yesterday was possibly his worst train wreck interview to date.
Ryan Bridges treated Luxon the way OT treats kids in their fight club detention camps.
Christopher Luxon has called on the Children’s Minister to visit the under-fire Oranga Tamariki youth justice facilities despite admitting he has never been himself.
Luxon just walked straight into Ryan’s fist.
It’s eye rolling how basic he is. He just walked right into Ryan’s fist and once there kept slamming his face into Ryan’s fist. He is so bad at this still and you really wonder how on earth he is going to manage the stress of the election campaign if this is how easy it is to fluster him when you push on the rhetoric.
The truth is the get tough on crime stuff just doesn’t work…
The prime minister’s chief science advisor is warning New Zealand cannot arrest its way out of the gang problem.
…National claim the soft-on-crime-cuddle-a-crim Labour Party are fecklessly letting out 4000 prisoners while the crime rate soars. What they don’t understand is Labour lowered the prison population using National Party Prison policy that allowed for non violent offenders to apply for home detention while in prison. The only difference between National’s use of their policy and Labour’s is that Labour provided prisoners with help filling out the forms because most prisoners are illiterate.
If National don’t understand the current prison policy, how can they provide solutions?
National claimed they would get prisoners on remand to complete rehabilitation programs, but you can’t use any rehabilitation programs unless you accept your guilt. Why would prisoners on remand waiting trial admit guilt?
Do National actually know what they are talking about?
We had this surreal situation over the weekend where Journalists bombarded National for costing of this mass incarceration policy and they had no numbers. Asked what the cost of a NZer in prison per annum was, Paul Goldsmith and Chris Luxon said “$100,000,” when the actual cost is $193 000″.
How can a Party push extreme uncosted policy like this and pretend to be a Government in waiting?
My fear is that ACT and National can’t actually tell the difference between the Mongrel Mob, Headhunters, Hells Angels, Black Power or Comancheros and that’s an enormous problem because the gangs who flooded Opotiki to mourn the murder of their President and who freaked middle NZ out so much last week, are not the same as the sophisticated Cartel linked gangs who are making enormous profit from NZs meth trade.
How will banning gang patches prevent the 501 syndicates from importing south american cartel meth?
We ask Judges to be independent and use mercy in their decision making, National wants to rob Judges of that discretion and force them to impose heavy sentences even if there are mitigating circumstances.
Do National want justice or a lynch mob?
Those derided ‘cultural reports’ give Judges insight into the criminal to see ion there is anything redeemable here rather than the simply brutality off imprisonment!
WE. WANT. JUDGES. TO. HAVE. THIS. INSIGHT!!!!!!!
National don’t actually understand the Prison Empire they built when last in power, their solutions to remove discretion from Judges, impose harsher sentences while pretending rehabilitation programs (that can never and will never work in remand) are the silver bullets.
This isn’t a law and order debate, this is a right wing wet dream fantasy that has little basis in reality. None of the ‘solutions’ National are offering will do the things they say they are attempting to solve!
If anything, it will cause an explosion in the prison population which will ultimately lead to a full blown prison riot as the underfunded, over crowded, violent jail population (minus any of the joke rehabilitation National are promising) will event horizon into a black hole of misery and suffering!!!
So why is our crime rate soaring?
Well, we have to acknowledge the unprecedented importation of 501s bringing a culture of criminal violence far in excess of what was generated by our domestic gangs. Labour can’t be blamed for that!
We also have to acknowledge that dairy crime was far higher in 2016 when National were last in power than they are now!
What is generating the majority of the current crime wave however is the same thing that is generating crime waves throughout the post-covid Western World.
Post covid societal and economic stresses causing crime waves at the same time there is 12.1% food inflation and a cost of living crisis while surviving the ongoing economic, cultural and social impacts of climate crisis storms and geopolitical shockwaves is as predictable as National having to walk something back 24 hours after Luxon says it!
Of course crime is exploding everywhere because the covid sacrifice was felt unevenly across our unequal society, pretending building more uncosted fucking prisons is a solution to all of that is sophistry at its most intellectually bankrupt.
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