Monday, February 28, 2011

A question for oral answer I'd like to see

Does the Minister of Police believe looters should be raped in prison?
She'd deny it, of course, and likewise the obvious followup of whether she believes they should be beaten. But there's really no other way to read her comments to the Herald on the subject:
Police Minister Judith Collins said the actions of looters was akin to "people who rob the dead".

She expected to see the judiciary throw the book at looters.

"I hope they go to jail for a long time - with a cellmate."

This is absolutely repulsive. But entirely in keeping with Collins' character and her lynchmob mentality. Meanwhile, we have a government Minister - the Minister of Police and Corrections, no less - who is attempting to solicit (deniably, of course) serious criminal activity. So much for "law and order"; as we've seen in the case of Bruce Emery, what its proponents are really advocating is lawlessness and revenge.