National, having campaigned on not selling off or privatising state assets in its first term, has now moved its prisons policy from case-by case private management to full-blown private management for every prison. Here’s a hint, National: Putting prisons under private management is still privatisation even if you don’t sell them, and you knew the public simply did not want privatisation right now. Putting something off the table means you need reasonably robust plans for not doing it. Clearly your plans were not robust.
This is of course ignoring the fact that National is trying to salvage the disaster that was Labour’s softer version of their own vengeance-based incarceration program. But even just breaking their most crucial election promise is enough to make this move all sorts of stupid.