Another lash at Kelvin Davis from the media

Patrick Gower is another media commentator who is witnessing the slow destruction of an inept minister: Quote:

Kelvin Davis is a “wounded man walking” who better watch out, says Newshub national correspondent Patrick Gower.

The Corrections Minister on Wednesday announced plans for a new prison, but appeared to be unaware how many of its inmates would be double-bunked.

Corrections boss Ray Smith interjected after Mr Davis froze, confirming Newshub’s suggestion it would be around half.

“I get nervous before interviews,” was Mr Davis’ explanation, when asked about it on The AM Show.   

Mr Gower, who was Newshub’s political editor for several years, told The AM Show he’d never seen anything like it.

“Only in New Zealand would a deputy leader of a governing party come on after a major policy announcement in his or her portfolio and say, ‘You know me – I get nervous and I forget things.’ I’ve never seen that before.”

He said Mr Davis is “battling and he’s lost his confidence”.

“Kelvin is not a dead man walking, but he’s a wounded man walking. The media are after him, the Opposition are after him, probably people in his own party want the deputy leader job at the very least – they won’t want the Corrections job.”

Labour railed against double-bunking while in Opposition. Gower said Mr Davis is being forced to sell a “political lie” in claiming Labour is doing things differently to the previous Government.

“He’s an incredibly resilient individual and he’s a good guy. But where is the Kelvin Davis that called for a Māori-only prison in Ngawha? That was an idea that could change things. Where’s that guy gone? He’s fed by the bureaucrats, he’s fed by the spin doctors.

“What has happened to him is he was made to sell a political lie yesterday. There is no great new prison system or great new ideait’s the same thing. It’s double-bunking, it’s hell-holes, it’s bad. He’s put out there to sell a lie, and he’s stuffed it up.”

Gower suggested former Corrections Minister Judith Collins, known for her tough and uncompromising hardline stance on crime, could have made same announcement.

“You could use those numbers and come out and say ‘hey, we’ve been tough on crime’. You could have put Judith Collins in Kelvin Davis’ place today and she would have sold you a different story. All he’s been given by Jacinda Ardern’s spin doctors one day before she goes away is some lines about American-style prisons.” End quote.

Which no one believes, and wishes the government would actually implement.

We don’t want crims getting cuddles and hugs, we want them locked up and if it is miserable and horrible for them so be it.

The sad reality is the media made Kelvin Davis, they ran his stories on crime and prisons uncritically, they egged him on and like psychopathic school kids they are now plucking the wings and legs off the fly that is Kelvin Davis.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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