Friday, June 10, 2005

Murdering truth

The increasingly irrelevant ACT party is unveiling its crime policies on the lawns of parliament with a collection of 131 white crosses on the lawns of Parliament, representing NZ's murder victims since the last election.

They are advocating California style "3 strikes and you're out" policies - which in that state have led to life imprisonment for stealing pizza from wastebins.

California is a safe, crime free haven then, where all the murderers and pizza thiefs are locked away? Not quite - California's last recorded murder rate was 6.8 per 1,000,000 - six times ours.

So in the unlikely event that ACT got elected, they'll need a bigger field for their next policy announcement to make room for all the crosses - perhaps they could book the Cake Tin?

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