Politics is a funny game.
New crime figures yesterday for Britain showed a leap in crime, especially crimes said to be recession linked like theft and fraud.
The opposition Tories were blaming the recession for the figures, and the government admitted a link too, though they appeared reluctant to admit it first.
But a generation ago, in the Thatcher era, it was all different.
The Tories then tried to deny such a link. Well, crime was a stick Liarbore was beating them with in the recession-hit early 80s, just as the Tories are trying to attack Liarbour on crime today.
But isn't there more to the causes of crime than the simple state of the economy?
Surelty blaming crime on a recession just excuses it. And there should be no excuse for theft, burglary, robbery, assualt, etc. What about personal responsibility?
How sad the opportunitistic UK Tories under Dave Cameron are looking to blame UK Liarbore's mess of the economy for the problem when the causes are far deeper.
I can only hope John Key and National do not take the same route.
Now, UK Liarbore had apparantly hidden a top secret crime report warning of a credit crunch crime wave.
If memory serves me right, I think a similar report was produced for South Auckland some time back, warning of similar problems in Manukau. The papers mentioned it during all those shopkeeper attacks.
To avoid the same happening in New Zealand, National will have to dust off the report and act upon it.
I only hope they do.