Simon Power promises a new prison in a National government’s first term. What a glib and foolish statement. Had he paused to reflect before his opening his mouth, Power would have realised this cannot be done. Gaining cabinet approval, identifying a site, completing the resource consent process, running a tender process, and building the prison – all within three years? Yeah, right. The prison project at Ngawha in Northland has obviously vanished from Power’s memory. So yet another cynical promise from a party that simply wants to exploit public anxiety over crime. National does not have the personnel to form a half-decent government, something that is being masked by the vacuous ‘time for a change’ twaddle.