It's not about second chances for David Garrett and ACT
Garrett lied to police on fraud
Disgraced ACT MP David Garrett lied to police – and then kept his assault conviction secret from the judge who let him off a charge of stealing a dead baby's identity.
On Campbell Live last night they talked to the Dr who punched Garrett and he gives a very different version of events than David did, I wonder what David did to make the Dr punch him?
Let's be very clear that this isn't the way Rodney and Garth McVicars have tried to paint it out, this isn't about mistakes in the past and redemption, of course people should be given second chances, we need to believe that people can learn from their mistakes and can make amends for their past and that is something we should all support, especially in a prison system that currently only damages prisoners more than when they went in.
This isn't about second chances or redemption.
Do I believe Garrett should be crucified for his assault charge or his stealing of a dead babies identity, no I don't. Let's be honest, in the pantheon of criminal acts, Garrett hardly rates special mention, this isn't about the acts, it is about the utter hypocrisy in hiding these acts and Garrett's breathtaking hypocrisy is merely the latest in a string of perk busting and bullying hypocrisies from a fringe political party.
Pretending to be against suppression orders and clean slate legislation while suppressing and trying to clean Garrett's slate is jaw dropping, and to hear Garth McVicars want to give his mate a second chance when Garth is so eager to deny others that second chance is just the icing on the cake.
ACT's hard line, no compassion, raw meat, medieval law and order policy has screamed zero tolerance and has injected a level of hate into social policy which only serves to make the entire prison system more damaging, that ACT pushed this agenda through with a man who hid his past criminal convictions is simply so audacious one doesn't know where to begin in its denigration.
The really angering thing however is that ACT has such a major influence on policy, from the expansion of 90 day right to sack to the annexation of Auckland. John Key allowing a fringe party of hypocrites to wag the dog isn't leadership, it's negligent political vandalism!
The only question remaining is if the good people of Epsom will put up with this intellectually bankrupt freak show for much longer.