Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, June 3rd, 2018 - 44 comments
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There were three contenders this week.
David Farrar went close with his all out campaign against repeal of the three strike law.
As part of his campaign he has been highlighting prisoners who are on their third strikes. Raw meat to the right wing masses, giving them the chance to froth and spit at how evil some people are and how they should be locked away for ever
For his first post he said this:
Our Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, and her Justice Minister, Andrew Little, want this man back on the streets so he can continue his career of home invasions and sexual violations of elderly women.
The idea was also used in his post titled “Labour wants to let them all out“.
Of course the claim is utter tosh. Repealing the three strikes law will not result in any criminal gaining their freedom. It will mean that he is sentenced according to conventional methods so that, for instance, he does not get 25 years jail for stealing a piece of pizza. For the especially evil preventative detention will still be available. But hopefully a level of proportionality will determine results, not complete arbitrariness.
And so in versions two and three of his meet a second striker posts Farrar amended the language to less incorrectly say that “Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Justice Minister Andrew Little want him out of prison early to continue his lengthy criminal career of seriously harming others.” Again they don’t. They just want a proper judicial process to be conducted. Who knows given how bad these guys’ records are it might be that they may get close to if not the maximum. But to say that early release is Ardern’s and Little’s desire is bollocks.
And it appears that Farrar’s Curia Market Research has recently been commissioned by the Sensible Sentencing Trust to do polling for them. Interesting …
Judith Collins also made an appearance in this week’s list of finalists, for mistakenly thinking that a two year old photo that I used in this post was current and was evidence that the Police were campaigning for Labour in the Northcote by election.
This thread is priceless!
Not only did Judith Collins get outraged & tweet about it over & over, the minions in this thread dusted off their hall monitor badges, ran to the media.
Outraged they were, outraged I tell ya.
— paul le comte (@five15design) May 30, 2018
Glad you are still reading the Standard Judith.
But there can be only one winner this week. After being the runner up last week Paula Bennett’s response to Peter Gluckman’s report on Housing Corporation’s methamphetamine contamination was the stand out performance this week.
National and Bennett were all over the place. They did not know, they did know and asked the tough questions but were assured, they were not able to direct Housing Corporation to do anything. That last claim is especially laughable when you think of the iron fist control National had over the state during the previous nine years.
And it is utter bollocks. Housing Corp directors are hired and fired by the relevant Minister. Spending $100 million on a fundamentally flawed policy is more than enough justification to fire and replace them.
Bennett was particularly awful. She said that an apology and potentially compensation should be provided by Housing Corporation to the wrongly evicted tenants. But she must have been involved in the decision making which saw English urgently walk back a promise in November 2016 to review the validity of the evictions in 2016.
For thinking the rest of us have no memory, no ability to google and are idiots Paula you are this week’s doofus of the week.