Get back in your box, Judith

Lloyd’s List’s Last Word opines:

DON’T you get heartily sick of namby-pamby, bleeding-heart liberals and their stick-in-the-mud notion that containers are primarily a means of shifting cargo between world ports, rather than keeping criminals under lock and key?

Last Word understands that in New Zealand, Judith Collins — a politician who, we understand, rejoices in the title of corrections minister, which probably isn’t as saucy as it sounds — is planning to bang up cons in Rimutaka Prison in surplus boxes.

A new unit will provide beds for 60 inmates at a cost of NZ$63,000 ($43,000), which is substantially less than conventional prison accommodation.

Ms Collins is looking to cut costs further in future and is considering proposals to make prisoners do the conversion work themselves.

But hand-wringing do-gooders such as Peter Williams, president of the Howard League for Penal Reform, has blasted the scheme as bringing about “tin shanties and slum prisons”.

He has even called for them to be air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter. What does he think prison is — a holiday camp?

The move has also been slammed by Maritime Union of New Zealand general secretary Trevor Hanson, who says: “New Zealanders needs secure jobs, not jail cells.”

We at Lloyd’s List can have no truck with such social worker sentiment. Given that containers are regarded as the last word in luxury by stowaways, they are more than good enough for Kiwi crims, especially if container lessors can flog worn-out units to the New Zealand government at suitably inflated prices.

Judith Collins is off to Gdansk, one of Europe’s largest ports, next week, ostensibly in her capacity as Veterans’ Affairs Minister to attend commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II.

But given that Collins is also Corrections Minister, this seems too good an opportunity for her to pass by.

What’s the bet she will also be hanging around Gdansk’s port looking for a cheap deal on some of these:

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7 thoughts on “Get back in your box, Judith

  1. “a community of green voices”

    says who?

    The Green party is part of the “world wide “green movement””. This is not the environmental movement.

  2. The move has also been slammed by Maritime Union of New Zealand general secretary Trevor Hanson, who says: “New Zealanders needs secure jobs, not jail cells.”

    Is there not going to be a heap of jobs converting shipping containers into cells?

    Talk about not being able to see the wood for the trees.

    And there would not be a need for ANY jail cells if we had a population that lived within the laws of the land.

    I hope that the quote from the erstwhile Trevor Hansen contained a bit more then just the bit that was reported here.

  3. Gerrit said: Is there not going to be a heap of jobs converting shipping containers into cells?

    Probably in Gdansk, rather than New Zealand, though Gerrit.

  4. Oh, and I seem to recall, although can’t find a link now, that Collins was proposing that the prisioners themselves the the conversions.

    So no jobs at all if that’s the case.

  5. If the prisoners build the shipping container renovations, surely that would be a good thing?

    Rehabilitation, pre release job training, building self esteem,etc.

    Think Judith Collins is onto a winner all round.

  6. Pretty pathetic post Toad.

    Still, I can understand. JC probably gets up your nose just as much as Locke & friends does mine.

    Problem for you though is that JC speaks for middle NZ. Locke speaks for Locke.

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