“I’m not one for ideological stances; I support what works”, said John Key in a speech to the Salvation Army in early 2007. Well now the challenge is on.
Steve posted earlier today calling for a “truce on the sentencing bidding war”, echoing the recent sentiment of Kim Workman, director of the Rethinking Crime and Punishment project. Mr Workman was responding to Judith Collins’ typically hard line view on punitive criminal “justice” in saying:
…it was understandable that the new Government wanted to make good on its law and order promises in the first 90 days of office.
But the growing view among public servants, the judiciary, and criminal justice advisers and providers, was that it was now time to “get smart” rather than “get tough”.
So will Key really “support what works” as he’s claimed so many times, or merely pander to the likes of Collins and McVicar?