Labour and National attempt to out-butch each other on Law and Order


National scream they will blow half a fucking billion on creating a Police State while Labour promise that they’re going to be just as butch on law and order.

A plague on both their redneck houses.

Labour have managed to go one step further by allowing Greg O’Connor to run as a Labour Party candidate for Christ’s sakes.

That’s right, the bloke who wanted to arm Police so that the can shoot as many NZers as they kill each year from their deeply flawed police chase policy is going to get the nod as Labour’s Ohariu candidate.

Note neither Labour or National have even mentioned any checks or balances over Police power just more money and power to them. Neither have said a word about extra funding for the IPCA (Independent Police Conduct Authority) who are currently funded to only do a small fraction of complaints independently.  Neither have mentioned reviewing the extraordinary powers granted to them by the search and surveillance powers.

Such concerns aren’t butch enough for the howling lynch mob that is the NZ public who have been so wound up with the fear of crime by a ‘if it bleeds it leads’ mainstream media that they want public hangings.

The biggest winners of the half a billion National and Labour want to throw at cops will be the Private Prison Industry who will be licking their lips in anticipation at the thousands more destined for their cells.

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This isn’t about safer communities, it’s about preying on people fears.

Here’s a local twist on an old favourite for Labour and National…

Mount Eden, you’ve been livin’ hell to me
You’ve jailed us since eighteen seventy three
I’ve seen ’em come and go and I’ve seen them die
And long ago I stopped askin’ why

Mount Eden, I hate every inch of you.
You’ve cut me and have scarred me thru an’ thru.
And I’ll walk out a wiser weaker man;
Mister Politician why can’t you understand.

Mount Eden, what good do you think you do?
Do you think I’ll be different when you’re through?
You bent my heart and mind and you may my soul,
And your stone walls turn my blood a little cold.

Mount Eden, may you rot and burn in hell.
May your walls fall and may I live to tell.
May all the world forget you ever stood.
And may all the world regret you did no good.

Mount Eden, you’ve been livin’ hell to me.



  1. Labour drags National to the right..I wonder if Andrew Little calls that a win?

    And people tell me to vote Labour? No thanks. Let me know when Labour starts representing me.

    Still a party for landlords.
    Still wants to continue the student debt scam.
    Still thinks a poverty min wage is OK.
    Still continues the War on Drugs.
    Still continuing middle class welfare via WFF.
    Still doesn’t have the guts to nationalise key industries.
    Still listens to the business community before the poor, unemployed, sick and marginalised.
    Still lets Kiwi speculators run wild in the housing market.

      • Nationalise power, rail and telecommunications (internet). They’re too important for us now and in the future. And we’re too small a country for the market to offer us those services.

        I’d consider others too. Also, I’d get rid of that PPP neoliberal approach to government ownership – what a waste of time!

        • Well Fatty, you have got your wish with Kiwi Rail as it has been back in government hands as a State Owned Enterprise for some years now.
          Best to mark that down as a win as can’t see power and communications ever coming back to State ownership.

  2. thank you mr. bradbury i have had a long week just doing muddle nz stuff earning a living paying bills howling for a good lynching. your little diatribe gave me just the chuckle i needed.
    the people i talk to in the small towns the dying rural areas the jaded suburbs are crying out for a police state they are sick of their stuff being stolen by p freaks their children being taken by addiction the gangs reaching deep into their communities.
    i am not worried about a police state i am worried about a state without effective policing

    • Kia ora Peter…

      Tell me, have you ever lived in a police state?

      I have.

      I spent eleven months in my parent’s homeland as my OE. At the time it was a Soviet-style “socialist” state, bordering the then-USSR. Apart from “total immersion” to re-learn my parent’s language, I learned of our history, visited cities, and lived with friends and family. So, I wasn’t just a “tourist”.

      I also saw, first hand, what it was like living in a Police State. It was not pleasant. The first thing I noticed was that people were circumspect in what they said, until they got to know me. They always checked who was present when discussing their government and system. The “looking over your shoulder” is not just a ‘Hollywood’ invention.

      The police that you so pine for were not your friendly constables who would come and assist you. Their first demand was “Identification!” Police stations were guarded by uniformed officers with machine guns strapped over their shoulders. Taking photos of certain places (eg, railway stations) was strictly forbidden. Granted that this took place during the Cold War, but I think you get the gist.

      Oh, and don’t even think about have a few too many drinks and staggering home afterwards (even on foot). You’d be picked up; taken to the nearest station; and your stomach pumped. You were then “invited” to spend the night in one of their charming concrete cells. (No, it didn’t happen to me – but some of my younger friends shared the process with me.)

      Aside from “keeping order”, the police in a police state have, as their top priority, the maintenance of State power. They are political police as well as trained to catch law-breakers. By definition, that is how a Police State must operate to survive.

      The same principles operate whether the Police State is fascist or stalinist.

      But don’t take my word for it.

      I invite you to go live in North Korea to get the taste of what a true Police state is. I guarantee it will be an eye-opener for you.

      • Frank,
        I believe Peter’s comments re the “Police state” were tongue in cheek as I hope were Mr Bradbury’s.
        I think the many thousands of households who have been burgled over the last few years will respond positively to more police – with burglaries specifically targeted – no matter what their politics.
        Don’t know if it’s happened to you but if and when it does I’m sure you will feel defiled and uneasy in your own home.

  3. Good article Martyn,

    National are clutching at straws here, as election approaches.

    $500 million over four years?

    It will need all this just to control the massive surge in desperate immigrants with possible criminal tendencies!!!!!!!!

    All smoke and mirrors is national as they play with large four year predictions that wont stack up!!

    Sorry NACTIONAL you are toast@#$%^&*()_.

  4. “National scream they will blow half a fucking billion on creating a Police State while Labour promise that they’re going to be just as butch on law and order.

    A plague on both their redneck houses.”

    Damned right, Martyn. When I first heard Kelvin Davis rabbitting on about increased police resources and Labour being “tough on crime”, I groaned inwardly. It’s like Labour haven’t been listening that prisons are a destructive, wasteful use of resource and do nothing to rehabilitate people.

    Screw Labour. My vote will be going to the Greens in September.

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