This morning on National Radio (30 Jan) John Key was pontificating about the glorious new policy on Youth Crime. He made some claim about the achievements of the youth boot camp run out of Waiouru. The presenter Geoff tried to correct him on a point, stating that they had the head of that program on earlier and the facts were that the boot camp numbers were declining due to the strong job market.
and this is classic, to that John Key’s reply was “I don’t accept that”.
What don’t you accept Mr Key, that the man running the boot camp was seeing numbers decline. Well that is a real shame that you don’t accept facts from the front line. One can only question the validity of the rest of their claims with regard to this policy, considering that Key doesn’t take into account the advice of those running the things.
I would have thought that a party that wants less govt involved in peoples lives, creating a strong job market in which private enterprise provides the means for keeping youth on the straight and narrow would have been the obvious choice, apparently not.
As for this crime wave that is sweeping the nation, by which he is implying is a youth problem, so far this year the murders committed haven’t all been perpetrated by youth, and a large number have been in fact once again domestic violence, with the majority of fatalities being women.
Further Key claimed that the family of the shop keeper killed in the weekend had their lives destroyed/devastated by the youth who had committed the crime. Once again by implication this crime wave and murders is a youth problem. Wrong Mr Key.
Once again do we mention the family of the young 15 year old boy who was killed by a 50 year old businessman for tagging. I wonder what turmoil that young man’s family is going through.
Mr Key is once again applying the over simplistic brush (not to mention false logic) of crime committed by youth = all crime is youth crime. Why because it’s easier to sell to the angry general public, and makes for better sound byte politics and youth becomes the political football de jour.