* Did any journo ask Key how much the boot camp is costing per person? Follow my maths. Total cost of new youth punishment measures – $35 million on top of existing costs for 1000 youths per year. So, per youth cost = $35,000 on top of existing costs. Of that, the most expensive element is going to be the boot camp, which will actually only take 10 kids at a time on three month courses. A few hundred ankle bracelets are pretty cheap, so to make the average additional cost is $35K, the boot camp has to be pretty damn expensive.
* I see the Herald has picked up Roger Douglas’s rambling press release from yesterday and run it verbatim as an op-ed today. Nice work if you can get it. Helps to have a major newspaper as a political ally, I guess.
* Isaac Davison, look up the definition of paramilitary
* Richard Long, how many basic errors can you cram into 700 words?:
- “[without National’s DNA sampling changes] a suspected serial rapist should be allowed to roam free, and not be subject to available scientific tests, for fear of offending his sensitivities.” – wrong, a suspect in a crime that is can indictable offence (including rape) can be compelled to give DNA already (the requirement for a court order compelling the sample remains in the new law). If you had read the new Bill, you would know that.
- “the Bill of Rights Act is not paramount, and it will not be the first time it has been overridden.” – that is an not an argument that overriding the BORA is always desirable
- “Often overlooked in this debate is the fact that here, and in other jurisdictions, dna has enabled the innocent to be cleared of wrongful convictions.” – that has nothing to do with taking DNA from people charged with crimes. It is about comparing the DNA of a person convicted of a crime with DNA associated with that crime and already happens under the current DNA sampling rules.