The Nation – Jacinda Ardern on brave leadership

On Newshub Nation this morning: Prime Minister talks about brave leadership as she sits down with in one of her final interviews before her maternity leave

This interview focussed mainly on criminal justice and the 3 strikes strike out this week.

Prime Minister

“Ultimately, we’re all united in the fact that we don’t want to see more victims, and the best way to prevent people becoming victims is to reduce the number of offenders we have in the first place.”

On our prisons being a ‘moral and fiscal failure – “What we’ve been bold enough to say is, ‘What does right look like for New Zealand?’ Because we are not the US, and yet our numbers look pretty close to the United States’.”

On the possibility of being a one term Govt -“We need to bring people with us. That’s the whole point. If you end up being a one-term government as a consequence of changes you’ve made, you probably haven’t brought people on that journey”.

On prison reform – “When we have a static crime rate but an ever increasing prison population, is that the kind of country we want to be?”

11 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  June 16, 2018

    Just any sort of leadership from the new govt would be a start.

    “On prison reform – “When we have a static crime rate but an ever increasing prison population, is that the kind of country we want to be?”

    As opposed to a rising crime rate if we artificially decrease the prison population? Gang members make up most of the recent increases not the ‘low level’ offenders Labour are lying to us about.

    Prisoner rates will only naturally go down once we sort out the social problems that lead many people to commit crime – and no, throwing more money at people who have no idea of how to constructively use it isn’t the answer.

    • lurcher1948

       /  June 16, 2018

      The MAORI leadership of the National party should be able to sort the cuzzie bro criminals out, MAORIS are our bulk prisoners and the leadership of NATIONAL ARE MAORI so NATIONAL are criminals yep

  2. David

     /  June 16, 2018

    “Because we are not the US, and yet our numbers look pretty close to the United States’.””

    The first bit is indeed correct, NZ is not the US. The second bit is wildly wrong. The US imprisons at more than 3 times the rate NZ does/

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 16, 2018

      Our population isn’t static, either, as far as I know.

      The remark about the US would be all right if it had obviously not been meant to be taken literally, but it sounds as if it was.

      Three times even without the ‘more than’ isn’t pretty close. My income isn’t ‘pretty close’ to that of someone on more than three times mine.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 16, 2018

        2.1% growth.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 16, 2018

          3 x that of the US.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 16, 2018

            PDT upticks you and downticks me for agreeing with you, also for stating facts. Nutters Anonymous awaits them.

  3. Higherstandard

     /  June 16, 2018

    The PM is a skilled communicator. Unfortunately what she communicates is largely sugar coated tosh for consumption by the MSM and masses.

    Of more concern is her person management skills which judging by the almost daily faux pas by Labour ministers and delusions of grandeur by NZF ministers is completely absent……but never mind because BABY !

    • alloytoo

       /  June 16, 2018

      The PM has a very casual relationship with the truth.

      • PartisanZ

         /  June 16, 2018

        Politics and so-called ‘democracy’ as we know it have very casual relationships with the truth … roughly equivalent on the human relationship level to a One Night Stand …

    • Blazer

       /  June 17, 2018

      there’s alot to be said for ‘sugar coated tosh’….is much more acceptable than bitter vinagrette sans salade.