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I agree with most of you except for Mathews. Who would you replace him with. Are we going to increase the funding that is needed and you need to remember we are dealing with all the arseholes of society and they will screw any system that is put in place.
Its a job with a poisoned chalice and the best way to fix it is to break up the system into its components, e.g. prisons, transport,and so on and then privatize as much as possible. Then and only then will it start to perform. Don’t forget everyone of those that work in the present system are GOVT. employees and most are demoralized by the rules and the PC crap they work under. Time to lance those boils.
They need to be fired because their first loyalty is to everything Labour stands for: incompetent management, wastage of public money, lies, corruption…
That’s the sackable offence.
And Viking, you ask who you’d replace Mathews with.
I’d say anyone who’s prepared to be accountable for getting positive results. He clearly isn’t, or he wouldn’t still be there.
That chap Bratton in New York almost single-handedly cleaned up a crime-ridden city. We need to promote people like that. We have them, but they’ve been kept down.
A leading police officer told me that the overwhelming police favourite for the commissioner’s job was quickly despatched to the Solomon Islands or Vanuatu or somewhere, so Labour could appoint their favourite.
Let Crusher get cracking. Judith Collins is the type to get the results we need.
VIKING2……………….You are right in every respect. I have no time for MATHEWS but its the impossible Corrections System that he and his unfortunate wardens have to operate under that is the real problem. I also agree we need to start with a Prisons Department containing convicts etc.
The issue with Matthews though baxter is that he kept his job after the Burton and Ashley fiascos in order to be the one who implemented change in his department. That change did not happen, as the Auditor-General has found. He has to go.
I hope others are finding joy, like me, in the way this government is moving towards an attempt to reduce the collosal waste in the public service. My Maori mate in WINZ says that the new minister is a welcome breath of fresh air.
Until we break up the system the system will stay broken. Chop it up into clear areas of responsibility and fund it properly.
Then and only then will progress be made. One must remember that many of the immates are relatives of the jailers.
Makes for a tough job at the top. It is also a burgeoning industry that Govt. had failed to either fund properly nor allow the use of proper restraints etc. e.g. in the USA serious criminals et al are moved around in ankle chains and wrist chains. Not allowed to chain those in a prison van. ludicrous especially with dangerous guys and no proper segregation of the bad from the stupid. Not allowed to do these things so we have the issues like that of Ashley. Burton was inadequately managed by both the police and parole etc. The system failed not Mathews. No amount of blaming Mathews will fix the system when the law is against him and his dept.
Viking, if Mathews couldn’t do his job properly because of tied hands for any reason then he should have called it as a critical risk in every report he filed with the SSC and with the Minister, from the day he became aware.
Any competent CEO knows what’s possible and what’s not in their organisation and furthermore, any competent CEO pays particular attention to certain areas that have caused them grief: e.g. through the Liam Ashley incident. Especially a CEO who’s “shareholders” are politicians.
If he did raise that risk in his reports and Ryall is ignoring them, let him produce them.
So far, he’s made no mention of them.
I personally conclude therefore he didn’t raise it and therefore he hasn’t done his job. He seems like a nice guy, from media reports. But that’s not the measure we need to apply.