This week, former ACT politician David Garrett authored a guest post on the official National Party policy discussion website Kiwiblog where he outlined his concerns over the Labour coalition’s plans to get rid of one of the few pieces of legislation ACT has ever been able to put its name to. We here at MyThinks were concerned many of our readers would miss out on the many pearls of wisdom Mr Garrett could offer, so we contacted him and asked him to write a guest post on our blog. Here is that post.
Earlier this year, I sat among the grieving family members at the trial of a third strike murderer. What the family members heard – judging by their comments and questions of me – was to them an incomprehensible judicial farce.
Whenever “life without parole” was mentioned during what was a lengthy sentencing, family members would say “YES” in a loud whisper. Sadly, it was clear to me that the judge was never going to deliver the life-without-parole that ACT, the champion of individual freedom, populist dog whistling, and… DANCE! would have wanted.
This week the family was dealt another horrific blow when Justice Minister Andrew Little announced a “review” into ACT’s three strikes policy. Apart from being the Labour government’s 486th review announced since stealing Winston from the National Party, we all know where this is heading. Labour will get rid of the policy and New Zealand will be overrun with scumbags. I’ve never seen The Waking Dead, but once the three strikes policy is dispensed with, I am sure New Zealand will resemble the zombie apocalypse.
The problem for Labour, and New Zealand, is that the three strikes policy works. It works by locking up the most disgusting individuals so they can never harm anyone again. It also acts as a deterrent. Criminals committing crimes will often stop just before they are about to commit a crime and think, “Hmmm… there’s that three strikes policy from ACT… I better stop robbing this dairy,” and they do stop. They stop their robbing and immediately head out and get a job. If Labour dump this policy, then this kind of criminality will just continue. Dairies will be robbed. Jobs will remain unfilled.
You know, if there had been a three strikes policy around when I stole the identity of that dead baby all those years ago to fraudulently obtain a passport, I’m sure I wouldn’t have committed that crime, or the other assault I was convicted of. I would have stopped and thought, “Hmmm… you know… I don’t think I will do that. Not because it’s the wrong thing to do, but because if I get caught I could, ultimately if my offending continues, end up with a life sentence for doing something mundane like slapping someone on the face.”
But there wasn’t any such law, and I committed those crimes, and now I’m an hypocritical laughing-stock.
Labour are fools if they think people like me won’t be living it up after they get rid of this law.
David Garrett, Sensible Sentencer.