Why is Simon Bridges picking fights with bloody slushies?
National Party leader Simon Bridges has slammed the Ministry of Corrections for spending over $1 million on slushie machines.
Corrections bought 193 ice slushie machines for their staff with the intention of improving “their health and wellbeing during the summer months”, documents released to the party under the Official Information Act show.
Corrections say prisoners and staff were exposed to uncomfortably hot conditions during the summer of 2017/18 that could have led to unrest within their facilities.
That year, Corrections responded by providing staff extra breaks, access to cold water, fans and flannels while also allowing prisoners more cold showers and time outside of their cells.
Despite the fact no significant unrest occurred that summer, further measures were deemed necessary the next year.
…for the love of Christ, is this what our political debate has been reduced to?
Let’s unpack this shall we?
1 – Rather than bitching about slushy machines at Corrections, perhaps we should consider how these old prisons won’t cope with the extreme heat conditions climate change will bring infrastructure like jails?
2 – It turns out from Arthur Taylor’s blog this morning that prisoners weren’t getting access to cold water or slushies at all and it only happened after he started making complaints! Shouldn’t we get an explanation about that inconvenient truth?
3 – This is just bash a crim stuff, and is being pulled out right when there is debate about Simon’s failed leadership.
If we are going to play the ‘spending pointless money game’ and complain about averting heat exhaustion in our under ventilated prison network, can someone mention the cost of the flag referendum vanity campaign?
The Leader of the Opposition picking a fight against a slushy is one thing.
Losing that fight is another.
Maybe Simon needs to start with a less formidable beverage, how about a weak cup of tea? Start there & if you beat it it, then move up to a Milo