TVNZ's morning news reports thus:
There has been a strong backlash to the government's plans for a privately run new prison in south Auckland.
The government is hoping a privately designed, built and operated prison can be opened by 2014 and the government has revealed it is looking to strike a public and private partnership to run it.
The idea is been slammed by Labour and the Greens.
Locking people up in jails was a job for the state, not for private businesses whose prime motivation will be to make money, Labour's Clayton Cosgrove says.
How utterly predictable from Cosgrove. Sheesh, we are no expert political analysts, but we could see this response coming a mile away. Labour favours state control of everything; there's a word for that, of course, but we won't go down that road!
And as we type this, Judith Collins is talking to Paul Henry on Breakfast, and what she says is making a whole lot of sense to us. We strongly support this move from the National-led Government; the fact that it has sent the Opposition into a frenzy makes it even sweeter!