Mike Yardley: The Police Minister is drinking the Kool Aid

Author
Mike Yardley,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Jul 2021, 10:09AM
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

Mike Yardley: The Police Minister is drinking the Kool Aid

Author
Mike Yardley,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Jul 2021, 10:09AM

There’s no question that the Police Minister’s appearance on the programme yesterday was an epic fail. And the fallout has been immense, with calls for the Minister to be sacked.

I really wanted to know why she was so dead against those Armed Response Teams. What had stiffened her spine. Let alone her never never opposition to the general arming of the police. No matter how many cops are attacked or shot.

I put it to Poto, that along with the Police Commissioner she was placing far too much stock on the woke radical pressure groups who purport to represent the public pulse on policing issues.

Just Speak. Action Station. And People Against Prisons Aotearoa. They’re a bit like the cycling lobby, highly organised, highly adept at capturing councils, flooding them with submissions and courting favour.

I’m adamant that these groups, who obsess about policing, are driving the anti-cop agenda, and fuelling the hostility to armed police.

The Police Minister duckshoved my suspicions by arguing that she was solely representing the concerns of Maori, Pacific and South Auckland communities, not the pressure groups.

Now the whole interview could have got sidetracked if I had got preoccupied over whom she says she’s representing. She’s the Maori and Pacific Minister of Police, apparently.

But I was happy for her to dig her own hole, on that score. Who am I to stop a politician from continuing hoisting themselves with their own petard, if they so choose?

She’s inadvertently blown a gaping hole in the Prime Minister’s oh so earnest pledge on election night. “We will govern for all New Zealanders.”

My greater concern about Poto’s rhetoric yesterday is just how disengaged she sounded about the ever present threats, that face our frontline cops. She was more concerned about the arrest rate of Maori and Pacific people. Clearly, she thinks they are picked on by the police, targeted and arrested unfairly.

And that talking point will have pleased those woke radical pressure groups no end. Poto the Parrot.

The Police Minister is drinking the Kool Aid.