Apparently the Labour party co-hosted the sensible sentencing trust conference at parliament along with National and Act.
What a stupid idea. Goff has always like talking tough on crime but to climb into bed with the same outfit that backed the vigilante killing of a fifteen year old boy, hides its funding and regularly advocates mindless prison-nation policy is just disgraceful.
Not to mention the fact that the SST is pretty much now Act’s goon squad.
If labour think this sort of bullsh*t puts them in touch with working class and provincial people they’re not just making a wrong tactical move they’re showing, as they did with the abominable ‘Nationahood’ speech, that they can’t tell the difference between bluecollar and bigot.
Rather than kowtowing to a bunch of noisy freaks, Labour should be pointing to the failure of lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key policies and offering some real and fair alternatives. If the even New Zealand Herald can do it the so-called party of progressive politics surely can.
But I suspect they are so scared of being labelled liberals they’ve failed to see that the ideas pushed by the SST and their brethren are ideas founded in fear and cowardice.
And Kiwis don’t like cowards.