Barry Matthews gets it right

Container-cell contentmentCorrections boss Barry Matthews has defended shipping container prison cells, saying they are warm, roomy and prisoners “couldn’t get out of them with a sledgehammer”. [Stuff Politics]

Readers of this blog know that I have about as much time for Barry Matthews as Phil Goff has for appearing on Close Up with me. However today Barry Matthews has it dead right.

Asked what prisoners thought of them, he replied: “I’m not interested in what prisoners think.”

Good stuff. Perhaps he has had some rather unpleasant close encounters with his minister to put some steel into his back bone.