Politicians don’t care about justice

The trust Sensible Sentencing has surveyed 1000 New Zealanders on things like sentencing, crime levels and recording DNA. The predictable results: 73% thought violent crime sentencing was too short and 61% saw the youth offenders punishments as too soft, 71% thinks DNA samples should be taken from anyone arrested and 65% thinks that violent crime is on the increase. The survey was also sent to our 120 MPs. Sure the people who are part of the law making process would have something to say about this. Sure they would want to show the public their view on justice. Sure they would care. Only 4 MPs bothered to reply. Three National and one Act MP. Labour has a caucus-wide ban on surveys from lobby groups, the Greens decided individually not to respond, Sole United Future MP Peter Dunne declined because he couldn’t respond anonymously and the Maori Party had no explanation. Only good reason not to participate was for Mana Party leader Hone Harawira as he was not in parliament when the survey was sent out. The trust founder Garth McVicar said it was ‘pathetic’ and that politicians were ‘dragging the chain’. It just shows why we don’t trust and appreciate the legal system.


Posted on August 14, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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