The reason why they both won’t work is that they aren’t even touching the sides of the problem: the offenders.
It’s almost an admission of failure. They can’t deal with the offending so they just try and mitigate the effects. Folks, that’s literally the limit of these measures.
How is that a ‘preventative measure’ if they have to have been robbed first? It’s a comedy.
If you think just one step further, how are bollards going to stop these idiot teens from ram raiding exactly? What do you think is going to happen if they drive up to a shop that has these bollards up in front of it…? Yes, they will just keep driving to the next shop that doesn’t.
The only way this Government thinks bollards are the solution is if they are going to block every single shop front across the country with bollards. Alas, that’s the logic and brain capacity of the political party currently in charge.
What should really worry New Zealanders is the fact that the previous government’s solution was fog cannons; now it’s bollards; what do you think is next?
Can we not see that it shouldn’t be the responsibility of the businesses to protect themselves, nor in particular that of the taxpayer. It is the responsibility of the government and justice system to deal with these idiot offenders.
Now we have the policy of ‘bootcamps’. If you think you have heard that before it’s because you have – Bill English had it as a policy back in 2017 (straight after nine years of defunding the Army LSV boot camp programme for troubled youth) – riddle me that.
Don’t get me wrong, I know first-hand that Army training will sort these kids out. But not after they have already graduated into gangs and into being hardened criminals who think nothing of taking a hammer to a dairy owner’s face for a pack of smokes. Let’s just think about this for a second.
I have always pushed for Army based training for at-risk youth. But this policy is just a dog whistle policy to sound tough when it will just fail. We need to get them into these Army programmes before they start ram raiding – not after. These programmes are designed for corrective training, not punishment. It’s not rocket science.
But, therein lies the problem.
Governments love to react to fires rather than deal with the real issues. Both National and Labour have screwed up over the last few decades when dealing with the youth justice system.
This wave of youth crime was inevitable, and predicted, but it was ignored for political reasons – by both colours of governments.
Don’t forget, it was National who extended the youth court jurisdiction to include even older teens in the wet bus ticket regime. Now they want a boot camp to try and deal with the aftermath. Comedy.
The scariest part of it all is that Labour still thinks the youth justice system is the best in the world. And when last in government, National thought the same.
We are in trouble in New Zealand. This isn’t a ‘spike’ in youth crime. This is the start of the inevitable upward spiral. Mark my words.
Not that some of us hadn’t warned that this exact thing was going to happen.
Former NZ First MP Darroch Ball was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election, is currently co-leader and spokesperson for the Sensible Sentencing Trust. This article was published HERE