I hope they go to prison for a long time, with a cellmate
Left-leaning blogs howled in outrage, claiming that the Minister of Police and Minister of Corrections was advocating jailhouse rape. Here's a selection from the cyber-buffet:
- Dim-Post - She really shouldn’t encourage individual citizens to rape each other.
- The Hand-Mirror - And now she's telling us that, for her, abuse and violence between inmates is a feature of double-bunking, not a bug. She is not explicit, but we live in a culture where threats of rape in prison are common enough that she doesn't need to finish the thought by telling us that the cellmate is large and called Bubba. By signalling that she thinks looters should be subject to rape and violence from their cell mates, she has acknowledged that her policy of introducing cellmates is responsible for increased rape and violence.
- No Right Turn - Does the Minister of Police believe looters should be raped in prison?
- CapitalismBad - Tree pretty - So when the Police Minister implies that looters should be raped, the ideas she's promoting about prison are appalling, but they don't just affect prisoners.
Collins' remark did NOT suggest that prisoners should be raped, but commentators from the left were quick to draw that inference. What then, do they make of this comment from Phil Goff?
Labour leader Phil Goff joked that the army should shoot looters stealing goods after the Christchurch earthquake in a radio interview.
On radio station BFM on February 28, Mr Goff talked about meeting a man in Linwood whose sister was killed in the quake, whose house had been badly damaged but then it was ransacked by looters.
"I saw the army out in the street and I thought court martial, firing squads you just can't believe how low a small minority of people can get," he told the radio station.
Here's a link to the audio file of the complete interview. Goff's "firing squad" comment comes about halfway through, and we suggest listening to the prelude, which gives some context.
Goff now claims that he was only joking. Laying aside the fact that the comment was made only six days after the devastating earthquake, it seems to be a rather strange subject to be joking about; advocating the summary execution of citizens by police or the army. The joke's very much on Phil Goff this morning.
FWIW, we reckon that both Collins' and Goffs' comments were ill-advised, but in the circumstances, entirely understandable. These are extraordinary times, and emotions run close to the surface.
But we will be interested to see whether or not there is the same outrage (faux outrage?) from the left towards "their" man. There certainly hasn't been balance in the media coverage of the two comments. Time will tell whether some left-wing blogger is prepared to condemn Phil Goff's "firing squad" comment in the same manner in which they climbed in to Judith Collins for something which she did not actually say.