The media need to stop creating mythical $100 000 bottles of wine that don’t exist, $15 000 books that don’t exist and $150 000 donations that don’t exist and start focusing in actual National Party political corruption and not the Labour Party ones they just make up.
The staggering revelation that the Police have manipulated their crime stats is made more remarkable when it turns out Judith Collins was aware of the claims but didn’t do anything about them.
“…we now know, that 36.7 per cent drop in burglaries was a statistical mirage, and Collins knew that was the case before she began publicly bragging about the bogus outcomes. On RNZ this morning, the Police position is that this incident was an isolated “misunderstanding”, the problem was picked up, the officers concerned were sanctioned, and the numbers involved were only a small part of the overall crime picture. Those arguments would be more reassuring (a) if the Police “ misunderstanding” had not always been in one direction ie, crimes were systematically downgraded, not upgraded and (b) if the Police had come clean and publicized the Counties-Manakau situation and their response to it. They didn’t, though. Labour’s Jacinda Ardern revealed it. And – outrageously in the light of Judith Collins’ prior actions – Ardern has been slagged for making political capital out of the revelations.
The public now has only the Police’s assurance that bogus, Police-concocted good news in the fight against crime is not a more widespread problem. So long as politicians keep on beating the law and order drum, its healthy for public to stay skeptical about any claims that these measures are working.”
…so while Collins knew the stats had been manipulated, she was still trumpeting them as a great success??? How can a Minister get away with that, admit it in public and the mainstream media decide to focus instead on a bullshit story regarding Labour forcing all children to learn Maori?
So while the mainstream media grapple with any attempt at balance and proportional reporting let’s add another set of questions into the mix about this Government pressuring departments to lower bad stats.
Is the same corrupt practise occurring in Corrections?
Corrections under National have reduced re-offending by not breaching prisoners released from prison. Instead of applying a breach, Corrections now apply 1 of 5 interventions which creates a dramatic drop in the re-offending rates. Breaches are the single biggest re-offending offence so introducing a new set of thresholds creates the illusion of great results.
Tragically this new way to make the numbers look good may have had some tragic consequences. Recently I am told several murders have been committed within the last 12 months where offenders were released from Prison despite breaching conditions but because of the new intervention thresholds they weren’t sent back to prison and have gone on to kill people.
The Government should want to lower reoffending, but instead of investing the money into better quality public prisons with a strong rehabilitation program, they have chosen to privatise prisons for profit and fiddle the way reoffending rates get counted to make the situation look far better than it actually is.
If this has led to lives being lost, the Government must be held to account.