Usually I’m working, so I don’t get to see Sunday on TVOne. Lucky me.
I flicked over for the very end tonight, just in time to see whathisname with the moustache reading our viewers’ comments. There was a comment from Mary that went something like ‘the government should get tough on crime, seize offenders’ assets for reparations and if they’re too young, seize their parents’ assets’.
Mr Moustache responded: ‘Mary, we don’t have collective punishment that you’re advocating in civilised countries because it goes against every standard of justice – the guilty should be punished for their crimes, not their dependents or their parents. Plus what happens if one offender has more assets than another, do they get more seized for the same crime? Because in New Zealand we have a thing called equality before the law’
Of course, that second part didn’t happen.
The mainstream media would rather broadcast the most reactionary comments they can find and let them stand unchallenged than inject any intelligent thought into the debate.