I saw this on Kiwiblog and other places as well, but I wanted to comment.
Both Judith Collins and Phil Goff have expressed revenge fantasies about looters in Christchurch. Collins said “I hope they go to jail for a long time – with a cellmate.” (And of course she was talking about the possibility of rape.) Goff said “I saw the army out in the street and I thought court martial, firing squads you just can’t believe how low a small minority of people can get,”
These feelings are perfectly normal, common sentiments that most people are likely to express when faced with looting. Surely the people who are upset by these comments have heard such things before from equally usually reasonable people. Can we really be so separated from normal human emotion to fail to see that these were visceral fantasies?
If Collins and Goff were genuinely suggesting double bunking (and the violence that will go with it just as night follows day) and firing squads then I think we can start to worry. Oh… Judith Collins as Corrections Minister did just that in December 2009.
“Corrections Minister Judith Collins has welcomed an Employment Court judgment in favour of the Department of Corrections over plans to extend the use of double-bunking at prisons.“