The Standard is aghast, “3 strikes law could increase murders – Nats’ secret official advice” screams the headline.
Cue intemperate comments, blood-stained pictures on their front page and a nice public pat on the head by their hero Mallard.
Murder! Secrets! Suppression! It almost sounds like Ian Wishard has been let loose in the Sub-Standard’s editorial decision-making process.
Eric Crampton however has let facts intervene with the scare story. A careful, rather than cursory, examination of the report would have shown … what do you think … that the more accurate headline would have been,
"Three strikes law could have increased murders among third strike offenders had they not changed the proposed legislation back in December, but now there's really nothing to worry about on that front so do carry on...".
Politics, as he says, remains the mind-killer.