Open Letter to Trademe – destructive views on criminology

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Dear Trademe

I am disgusted by your page.

It is puerile, infantile and destructive of community.

Yes Mr Calthorpe has been convicted.

But if you seriously think that making disparaging remarks about his personal appearance, if you seriously think that your crowing about him spending 2 years in jail for non-violent crime is a good idea, then I suggest you have not bothered to research what you are talking about: criminology.

Have a read of a great New Zealander’s book: Professor John Pratt, Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism (Routledge, ISBN: 9780415524735). Then you might understand that prisons should be an absolute last resort and even then should be totally redesigned. Then you might understand that prisons, as they are known in New Zealand, are wasting our money and destroying our society.

If you want to live in a New Zealand where your sort of hate speech is used to rouse up righteous ill-informed anger, if you want to live in a New Zealand where the anti-science fools of the Sensible Sentencing Trust can ignore the research, if you want to live in an eye-for-an-eye society – you just go right ahead with stupidity like your page on Mr Calthorpe.

In the meantime, why don’t you try to stick to your business and try to make trademe a decent site for all New Zealanders instead of a nasty money-grubbing monopoly totally unconcerned with responding to customer needs.

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