Open mike 03/06/2022

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87 comments on “Open mike 03/06/2022 ”

  1. Jimmy 1

    Sounds like the police had a good night last night in Pakuranga arresting 12 people. Good result as long as its not a catch and release policy.

    Pakuranga arrests: Residents 'frightened' after gang incident in east Auckland overnight | Stuff.co.nz

    And Andrew Coster apologises!!!!!! He's obviously getting some pretty harsh feedback from the front line officers.

    Police Commissioner Andrew Coster apologises after backlash from officers over pursuit comments | Newshub

  2. Blade 2

    Mark Mitchell has had his meeting with Andrew Coster. According to Mitchell the meeting lasted two hours; was positive and Mitchell will respect the office of the police commissioner( why?). He wants police to get back to core policing.

    So fucking disappointing. I think of all the victims that crime will continue to churn out under Mitchell's watch as police minister. I really can't in all honesty continue to bag Poto Williams when her replacement will be little better.

    Sure, National may increase police numbers by 300. Open two closed police stations. Have a foot patrol every second day down Auckland's empty CBD. But that's just tinkering.

    1- Will they arm the police?

    2-Will they ban all gang patches in public areas?

    3- Will they build a huge super max prison so criminals who commit minor offences repeatedly with few consequences at present, can be jailed?

    Nope.

    Hell, I could cut drink driving offences by 20-35% overnight. I could get an 80% success rate in resolving who had killed a Maori baby. The whanau would be more than happy to cough up the offender.

    Then there's this paywalled BOPT headline:

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/gang-member-prison-rates-at-seven-year-low-but-proportion-of-incarcerated-gangsters-increases/SFTUUA23F2VQKYDYDOQEGXFIQY/

    https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/audio/pollies-mps-mark-mitchell-and-megan-woods-on-mitchells-meeting-with-andrew-coster-the-pacific-and-mahuta-and-the-latest-polls/

    Aotearoa…a gangsters paradise.

    • Muttonbird 2.1

      According to Mitchell the meeting lasted two hours; was positive and Mitchell will respect the office of the police commissioner (why?)

      Would you prefer politicians with the police portfolio did not resect the office of the police commissioner?

      I don't think you would because this means police would be under direct control of the government which is, by definition, a police state.

      Mitchell has been told off for telling the police what to do in the media. He appears to have got the message which is good but his behaviour should worry all Kiwis; you can imagine the daily interference in police operations were he ever minister.

      • Blade 2.1.1

        ''Would you prefer politicians with the police portfolio did not respect the office of the police commissioner?''

        Respect is earnt. When the commissioner is not doing a good job, that should be pointed out to him and options explored. Mitchell failed on that account. The Commissioner and his office are basically intertwined.

        ''Mitchell has been told off for telling the police what to do in the media.''

        I know nothing of this. Could you explain further?

        • Muttonbird 2.1.1.1

          In this context respect is not earned, it is formally prescribed. See the two bullet points under definition 2 below:

          verb respect

          1. admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

            "she was respected by everyone she worked with"

          2. have due regard for (someone's feelings, wishes, or rights).

            "I respected his views"

            • avoid harming or interfering with.

              "it is incumbent upon all hill users to respect the environment"

            • agree to recognize and abide by (a legal requirement).

              "the crown and its ministers ought to respect the ordinary law"

          My reading was that in the meeting Mitchell had been asked by Coster to stop interfering in police operational matters via the media (told off). That's why he has said, "he will respect the office of the police commissioner".

        • AB 2.1.1.2

          Respect is earnt (2.1.1)

          Eh? Mitchell supposedly said "respect the office". That's nothing to do with individuals – it's respecting the constitutional arrangement that makes police operational matters a no go area for politicians. As Muttonbird said – without that, you've taken the first step towards a police state. Most likely, Mitchell said "respect the office" to make it clear that he didn't respect the individual. Mitchell has always appeared to me as a sub-verbal, incipient thug – not surprising he needs something as simple as the importance of this constitutional convention pointed out to him.

          • Pataua4life 2.1.1.2.1

            A reply to all.

            According to Mitchell the meeting lasted two hours; was positive and Mitchell will respect the office of the police commissioner

            I think you will find this statement was made in reference that he wouldn't talk about what was discussed in the meeting on the open airways and I can't find fault with that.

            As soon as Labour has gone so is Coster. History will show him a failure as is Poto Williams. Crime under Labour just like the public Service always goes up.

            • Muttonbird 2.1.1.2.1.1

              I think you will find this statement was made in reference that he wouldn't talk about what was discussed in the meeting on the open airways.

              That would be a first time for Mitchell.

            • Blade 2.1.1.2.1.2

              I wonder what was said off the record?

              • Peter

                Maybe off the record Mitchell told him that when the national/Act Government comes in they'll:

                1 – Arm the police

                2 – Ban all gang patches in public areas

                3 – Build a huge super max prison so criminals who commit minor offences can be jailed

                4 – Increase police numbers by 300.

                5 – Open two closed police stations.

                6 – Have a foot patrol every second day down Auckland's empty CBD

                7 – Cut drink driving offences by 20-35% overnight.

                Oh, and go along with ACT and liberalise gun laws.

            • Drowsy M. Kram 2.1.1.2.1.3

              In mid-February 2021, Coster's efforts to combat gang and gun violence were criticised by the National Party's Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges, who described Coster as a "wokester commissioner" in a Twitter post.
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Coster#Police_Commissioner

              Simon who? History will show who of those two was the greatest failure.

              Coster's decision to rule out "enforcement action" was criticised by the National Party's police spokesman Mark Mitchell, who claimed that Coster had lost credibility as Police Commissioner. On 2 March, Police evicted the remaining anti-mandate protesters following a violent riot.

              Seems you’re right P4L, not only would Coster be gone under a National party-led govt, I doubt that he would have been appointed in the first place.

              https://www.transparency.org.nz/blog/transparency-and-intelligence

            • Incognito 2.1.1.2.1.4

              Crime under Labour just like the public Service always goes up.

              [links required]

          • Blade 2.1.1.2.2

            ''Eh? Mitchell supposedly said "respect the office". That's nothing to do with individuals – it's respecting the constitutional arrangement that makes police operational matters a no go area for politicians.''

            Like I said, the office of the commissioner and the commissioner( individual) are intertwined. The constitutional separation of the office from political interference is a given( but not proven over the years). The man in the street doesn't make such a fine distinction.

            ''Most likely, Mitchell said "respect the office" to make it clear that he didn't respect the individual.''

            That is supposition. If true, it means Mitchell is playing games hoping voters ( wink,wink) can read between the lines. Many won't.

            Again, if National had any intentions of introducing hardline policing, Mitchell should have gone after the commissioner… and it shouldn't have taken two hours. Two hours is a mighty long time. Maybe they had gingernuts, a latte and a chat about rugby.

        • Incognito 2.1.1.3

          Mitchell failed on that account.

          How do you know? Where you present at the 2-hour meeting? Did you read a full first-hand account in the media? No? Then you’re making up stuff again.

          The Commissioner and his office are basically intertwined.

          Nope

      • lprent 2.1.2

        Mitchell has been told off for telling the police what to do in the media. He appears to have got the message which is good but his behaviour should worry all Kiwis; you can imagine the daily interference in police operations were he ever minister.

        There is a reason why the police, armed forces, judiciary, and a few other branches are directly responsible to the crown. In other words at exactly the same level as parliament. Parliament allocates funding for them, but has no direct operational control. They are subject to the crown.

        Basically because no-one trusts a politicians over the long term. There are always a few idiots with a limited understanding of how our society operates at a structural level and inclined towards short-term stupidity.

        • Ad 2.1.2.1

          Similar could be said for many other Crown entities:

          ACC, NZSuperFund, NZTA, Kainga Ora, Crown Infrastructure partners, NZPost/Kiwibank, all Universities, Kiwirail, RBNZ, TVNZ, Transpower, the majority shareholdings in power generators, and a lot more.

          Some still respond to Ministerial direction and media grief, but often quite faintly. Some are statutorily protected. Most would have the independence to tell even the Minister of Finance where to stick it. A few have workarounds.

          Raises the question of how the new water entities will be treated as kinds of public entity.

    • KJT 2.2

      "1- Will they arm the police?

      2-Will they ban all gang patches in public areas?

      3- Will they build a huge super max prison so criminals who commit minor offences repeatedly with few consequences at present, can be jailed?"

      Maybe "they" will.

      National has a long track record of ignoring evidence and doing the things that increase, not reduce crime. Like sending minor offenders, the mentally ill, literacy challenged, and silly teenagers to "crime University"/Prisons. Dog whistling to those who ignore the evidence and think “tough on crime” actually works.

      The Police commissioner is heading towards evidence based approaches, that really do reduce crime. Reducing crime is the goal, is it not?

      Your revenge fantasies are the approaches that have been shown not to work. What will you say if your prescription is adopted and there is more crime, recidivism, and crime victims.

      • Blade 2.2.1

        ''Your revenge fantasies are the approaches that have been shown not to work. What will you say if your prescription is adopted and there is more crime, recidivism, and crime victims.''

        The day you front up with some original ideas of your own, is the day I will take you seriously. That goes for Peter above who's forced to copy my korero. frown

        But, to be fair, you sometimes fluke good points. For example:

        What will you say if your prescription is adopted and there is more crime, recidivism, and crime victims.''

        Good point. I would say. ''Well, I'm wrong. What I have suggested, hasn't worked. I'm sorry, we need to try something else. At least it's one strategy we can cross off the list.''

        See, I care about innocent victims. I want something that helps them. I don't have a ego regarding this issue. I'm not trying to protect an ideological position like so many on this blog. Hence my caning of those liberal sops who call themselves the National Party.

        • KJT 2.2.1.1

          Oh. I've fronted up with plenty of ideas about what works.

          Don't need "original ones". I leave that to people who have researched it at length. Who have proof of what works. I'll leave those who think their individual uneducated "opinions" mean jack shit, to Facebook warriors like yourself.

          If you cared about "innocent victims" you would, like me be advocating for approaches to crime reduction that works.

          I know it is over your head, but less crimes equal less victims.

          Your approach has been tried for decades. It doesn’t fucking work!

          Tough on crime nitwits, and politicians who pander to them, do not address underlying causes, so we get more victims.

          • Blade 2.2.1.1.1

            Look, your trouble is you are believing your own bullshit.

            Don't need original ones". I leave that to people who have researched it at length.

            You aren't capable of original ideas. People who have researched things at length don't have a mortgage on good ideas. If they did we wouldn't have as much crime as we have today.

            ''Your approach has been tried for decades. It doesn’t fucking work!''

            No, it hasn't. I have two original ideas to start with that haven't been tried.

            1-How to reduce drink driving offences overnight,

            2- How to make whanau cough up a suspected baby killer.

            • KJT 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Two that are not original and that have been tried and failed elsewhere.

              Eco-ing the "Sensible sentencing trust is hardly "original thought".

              • Blade

                That's a lie. Don't flounder around, provide a link.

                • KJT

                  To your "original thoughts"?

                  Don't think I want to rummage around in that mess.

                  • Blade

                    Provide a link. I'm calling you out. You are a liar. And you need to be shown as such. Your comments are vacuous and sloppy. You put nothing into your posts…and it shows.

                    • KJT

                      Really lost the plot. Eh.

                      It is OK to ask for help with your violent fantasies, you know!

                    • Blade

                      Don't deflect. I'm not letting you get away with lies and trolling when you can't muster an argument, or back yourself up. Here's an example:

                      ''Really lost the plot. Eh. It is OK to ask for help with your violent fantasies, you know!''

                      Sad bottom of the barrel stuff.

                      Of course you could apologise and admit you may have got things wrong. I had to do that yesterday.

                      Blade…
                      2 June 2022 at 9:54 pm
                      That was incorrect. My apologies.
                      What I should have wrote was ”I’m a beneficiary of the trust board,” not a member of the trust board.

                    • Incognito []

                      You did not have to correct yourself and apologise, you chose this on your own accord. We would have been none the wiser about your ‘error’. In fact, you had an earlier opportunity to correct your ‘error’ (here: https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-31-05-2022/#comment-1891353), but you failed to do so then!?

                      Seems to me you’re making up stuff here to suit your narrative and when it does no longer suit your narrative you ‘correct’ it (aka twist & change). If so, that would be disingenuous and not commenting in good faith and it would mean we cannot take your comments at face value.

                    • Blade

                      You may have got the wrong end of the stick.

                      ''You did not have to correct yourself and apologise, you chose this on your own accord. We would have been none the wiser about your ‘error’. In fact, you had an earlier opportunity to correct your ‘error’ (here: https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-31-05-2022/#comment-1891353), but you failed to do so then!?''

                      I had to correct myself when you pointed my error out indirectly because what I had written was factually incorrect. I hadn't previously corrected my error because I hadn't noticed it until your post.

                      ''Seems to me you’re making up stuff here to suit your narrative and when it does no longer suit your narrative you ‘correct’ it (aka twist & change). If so, that would be disingenuous and not commenting in good faith and it would mean we cannot take your comments at face value.''

                      Fair enough, I can't change your perceptions of me. Would your perceptions also apply to the KJT's comments above?

                    • Incognito []

                      My perceptions depend on context and (can) change over time. My perceptions of your comments don’t apply equally to comments by others.

                    • Blade

                      I got it.

                    • Incognito []

                      I sincerely doubt it but time will tell.

    • gsays 2.3

      Maybe try living in the States.

      The cops are armed, got a death penalty, super-max prisons, Hell they even have a incarceration industry they've gotta have crime under control…

      • tc 2.3.1

        Totally.

        National plan's been hatched watching 'Mayor of Kingstown' as a way to regenerate provincial NZ via incarceration.

      • Blade 2.3.2

        Their justice system is shot. They have regional police forces. They have poorly trained police who rely more on toys and gizmos to get the job done.

        But they send people away for life. They never taste freedom again. You can't commit crime if you are in jail.

        Check out my clip I posted the other day – China v USA.

    • Jimmy 2.4

      Interesting / scary comment on the video around 2:30' – "30% of enquiries to the dairy and small business Association from dairy / small business owners, was asking how they obtain a gun licence"

      They have decided to take security matters in to their own hands. It will only be a matter of time until one does fight back.

      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/06/calls-for-pm-jacinda-ardern-to-declare-crime-crisis-as-dairy-owners-arm-themselves-amid-spike-in-violent-robberies.html

  3. aj 3

    Democracy means different things to different people. This is a short thread on the 2022 Democracy Perception Index Report 2022 – the world’s largest annual study on how people perceive democracy.

    It is commissioned by "The Alliance of Democracies Foundation", founded by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former NATO Secretary General and former Prime Minister of Denmark.

    Every year, this is by far the most interesting study on democracy because it doesn't rely on the opinion of "experts" but on people's actual perceptions.

    As such the results are often surprising and it raises profound questions of what democracy actually is.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1532236805143027713.html

  4. Pataua4life 4

    Yes I know it behind a paywall. You can get a summery of facts over at the Daily Blog

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/sale-of-the-century-55-60-of-aucklands-large-scale-state-land-to-be-sold-for-private-ownership/F6WLWIURSPW2UMRKGUD5Z6PUTY/

    Good ole Labour, such a party of the left.

    wink

    [You’re now 2 links short of a Happy Meal. Put up the links or take a week off. In Pre-Mod until you oblige – Incognito]

    • Incognito 4.1

      Mod note

    • Pataua4life 4.2

      Only one Link short and here it is:

      https://www.police.govt.nz/sites/default/files/publications/crime-at-a-glance-dec2020.pdf

      Bit old but the easiest one I could find.

      What is states – crimes against property has gone down. I suspect people are no longer reporting as they know the crime won't be resolved.

      Crime against people has gone up.

      I firmly believe that I am correct in my original statement.

      We know gun violence has gone through the roof. Auckland has more shooting incidence per week than Mahuta has MFAT meetings. Gang violence is out of control, Labour is soft on crime, it is just a fact that NZ knows

      [Nope, you’re still 2 links short and you’re wasting my time because this clearly doesn’t support your assertion.

      I don’t care if you go for the easiest one or if you genuinely believe your own assertions to be correct or what you suspect or if “it is just a fact that NZ knows”. I care about you providing evidential support for your claims, which shouldn’t be too hard if they’re correct, as you allege. If somebody else provides them for you in the meantime you’ll still receive a ban – how unfair is that? Put up or shut up.

      You did so well with your other link about the Public Service under Labour!

      Since you mention Mahuta again, a few days ago you hinted at corruption charges (https://thestandard.org.nz/nationals-policies-dont-add-up/#comment-1891222) but you never followed up on these when I asked you about it. Here’s your chance and use your words carefully. The odds have been raised to a fortnight ban – Incognito]

    • Ad 4.3

      Kainga Ora is now structured commercially so that it keeps delivering housing construction no matter which party is in parliament. It does this by ensuring that it raises its own capital through property sales, and then spends it on intensive housing on the remaining land. Might not sound particularly leftie in the socialist sense of controlling the means of production, but it's a way of extracting the politics out of it as much as possible.

      This has been going on for a while. The results you can see for yourself.

      If you went up to the Sky City revolving restaurant you might just see the extent of it from Pt England to Mangere to Oranga to Mt Roskill to Hobsonville to Northcote.

      Brand new high quality intensified integrated communities.

      • Poission 4.3.1

        Yeah so commercial they (this time last year) issued a 300m$ inflation bond( coupon rate 2.5%) going to be paying 7.5% for a longtime unless they get cost inflation out of their builds.

        • Ad 4.3.1.1

          I can't speak to their commerciality …

          … but best of luck to them if they can generate fixed price contracts that all the main banks seem to require for lending now.

          • Poission 4.3.1.1.1

            Debt has blown out to 7.1 billion,with new debt being around 4.2% .NZ building costs have increased by 20% last 12 months,Australia 9%.

            Australia also has seen building consents for new houses decrease by 33% over the last 12 months,and mortgage pain has not even started there.

            In the US where markets are better informed,construction costs responded in real time (as did unsold new housing stock) with lumber falling 55% in 2 months.( 58 cents a board foot)

            https://www.nasdaq.com/market-activity/commodities/lbs

      • Visubversa 4.3.2

        Absolutely. There are sites that are more suitable for the kind of medium density housing that Kainga Ora is delivering now, and there are sites that are not suitable for it. It makes sense to sell the latter, particularly if they are small, and fragmented from previous sell offs by National governments. Also some sites on major arterials are less suitable for the kind of community based developments and also need extensive noise attenuation and particulate control from 30 to 40 thousand vehicle movements per day. In many cases the private sector can develop these better.

  5. Adrian 5

    Dairy owners would have a far easier and safer life if they stopped pushing drugs like cigarettes and vape shit.

    • Ad 5.1

      So many of them are marginal that about half of them need to shut anyway.

      Not a fun prospect but it's more likely you will buy milk and bread from the petrol station anyway. It's just that kind of society.

  6. Jimmy 6

    Avoid Papakura at the moment, there has been a daytime shooting.

    Police operation underway in Papakura, Auckland – NZ Herald

  7. adam 7

    I'm going to talk smack about the propaganda coming out of businessnz.

    So if you don't like that sort of thing please scroll past – thank you.

    It's just another think tank from the school of hard right shitfuckery trying to manipulate the agenda with fake experts.

    With their half baked adds all over YouTube, full of fear and half truths.

    I'm surprised, they have not cried "think of the Children"

    https://www.yourworkyourway.co.nz/

    Greedy wankers are going to be greedy wanker I suppose. And screw working people actually getting a decent wage from you greedy scum.

    Working people will never get a fair go, when so many have let cupidity taint their souls.

    • weka 7.1

      I saw a meme earlier in those colours saying if 10% of people want a fair pay agreement 100% of people get it. Thought their comms team needed to sit and have a bit of a think about that.

  8. Ad 8

    June 9th is when the US January 6th Commission finally goes straight into prime time tv.

    (75) Pat Attention – YouTube

    According to the committee, they will "present previously unseen material documenting January 6th, receive witness testimony, preview additional hearings, and provide the American people a summary of its findings about the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power."

    That's our calendar next Friday.
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/house-january-6-committee-hearing-june-9-primetime/

    This is when some of the darker group texts, QAnon influence, and attack orders get truly exposed as the insurrection plan they actually were.

    • Puckish Rogue 9.1

      Way past time he was shown the door.

    • Louis 9.2

      From your link "The data, given to the NZ Herald through the Official Information Act, showed annual assaults on staff increased in seven of the last 10 years"

      "He cited what he considered a long-standing problem"

      "In a statement, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis referenced the "prison crisis" inherited by the Government in 2017 when the prison population had increased beyond 10,000. Since then, it had reduced 27 per cent. However, he said more serious offenders – including gang members – had been locked up during this time which posed a risk to staff. "This brings its own challenges, particularly to staff who have to manage a heightened environment where mental health issues and methamphetamine addiction are also increasingly more prevalent," he said. Davis said staff deserved to feel safe and the Violence and Aggression plan was one way to reduce assaults. He referenced the $23 million from Budget 2022 given to hire an extra 64 staff across the three prisons facing the most challenges in this area – Auckland Prison, Christchurch Men's and Mt Eden. That was part of the extra 518 staff who would be hired during the next four years"

      • Blade 9.2.1

        First off, National aren't on duty. Labour is.

        Since then, it had reduced 27 per cent ( prison population)

        Question: where are the people who would have formally been in prison for more minor offences?

        ''However, he said more serious offenders – including gang members – had been locked up during this time which posed a risk to staff. ''

        Correct. However, the gang population is exploding. 10 years ago a major hole in gang numbers would have occurred with the number of gangsters now locked up. Nowadays the gangs always have the numbers to fill in shortfalls in their ranks.

  9. Blade 10

    ''National was on duty during that time.''

    Yes, but my point is they haven't been in the wheel house for the past 6 years – Labour has. The blood is on Labours hands. Just like Labours responsibility for crime will be passed on to National next year, regardless of what Labour has or hasn't done regarding crime.

    ''Do you have a link to cover your last paragraph?''

    No, I don't. There is no need. It is general knowledge and has been in the news time and again. In fact, on another blog, I pointed to a huge increase in gang numbers close to a year before the issue started being reported in MSM. How did I know? From extended family in the mob who told me about new recruiting methods being employed. It's all about numbers.

    • Louis 10.1

      You acknowledge that National were in power during that time, but then claim its all Labour's fault, despite efforts to address long standing issues. No one said it could be sorted over night. Consequences from the National government didn't suddenly disappear when National got kicked out in late 2017. It hasn't been 6 years.

      Well if you think Labour has blood on its hands, then so does National.

      "Just like Labours responsibility for crime will be passed on to National next year"

      Like Labour inherited the shambles National left and there is no guarantee that National will win the election next year.

      So you cant back yourself up. I am not surprised.

      • Blade 10.1.1

        You obviously can't understand what I'm writing, or you are being wilfully ignorant.

        I'm noticing when you Lefties run out of an argument you become surly and nasty very fast.

        I'll try one more time.

        National is not in power. Labour is. National cannot do a fucking thing about crime because they are not in power. Labour can do something about crime because they are in power. It matters not what National did before. It matters not what supposed mess National left Labour. It doesn't matter. But it matters big time for Labour because they are the government.

        BTW.., have you read that link you posted? Talk about a gift for people like me. It's also a record for future generations to understand the dynamics of failure when ideology trumps common sense and real world needs.

        Quote from your link. Talk about bs of the first water. Tell that crap to crime victims, frightened citizens and dairy owners.

        ”Government goal:

        This Government has made a commitment to create a more effective criminal justice system and safer New Zealand. Achieving these long-term objectives will require systemic reform consistent with New Zealand values and aspirations, across the whole of the criminal justice system and the social sector. This will involve public engagement, partnerships with iwi/Māori and other community groups, legislative reform, investment in new services and operational change – amongst other things.”

        • Louis 10.1.1.1

          "I'm noticing when you Lefties run out of an argument you become surly and nasty very fast"

          That's what you are doing and you are being deliberately obtuse.

          "showed annual assaults on staff increased in seven of the last 10 years"

          National had been in power during some of those years. Labour has only been in power since late 2017, not 6 years like you falsely claimed and they are trying to do something about it. You cannot discount National's time in govt because it doesn't suit your narrative. National left an appalling legacy.

          Re link, I don't think you understood it.
          “This Government has made a commitment to create a more effective criminal justice system and safer New Zealand. Achieving these long-term objectives will require systemic reform consistent with New Zealand values and aspirations, across the whole of the criminal justice system and the social sector. This will involve public engagement, partnerships with iwi/Māori and other community groups, legislative reform, investment in new services and operational change”
          So what’s wrong in that exactly?

          Tell me, when National were in govt, did you blame them for the “crime victims, frightened citizens and dairy owners” or have you conveniently forgotten the ram raids, the attacks on the dairies, liquor stores?

    • Incognito 10.2

      You’ve been told before that you can argue your opinions but not your facts.

      Yes, but my point is they haven't been in the wheel house for the past 6 years – Labour has.

      You are wrong! Megan Woods said in a debate in Parliament 2 days ago that they have been in government for four and a half years.

      It's all about numbers.

      You raised it, you should put up the numbers, and it is that simple. You cannot hide behind “It is general knowledge and has been in the news time and again” and some vague stuff you may have heard from your “extended family in the mob”. The media megaphone is rarely a good source of facts but a very good source for hype & emotion.

      You are an unreliable commenter with regards to facts and supporting claims of facts. You must lift your game or your comments will be moderated.

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