The rule of law is under attack again, and nobody seems to care.
Sometimes it's hard to believe Judith Collins is a lawyer. It's even more astonishing that she was once vice-president of the Law Society.
I haven't seen full details of National's new law and order policy, but it appears that the Parole Board will be given the power to order the further detention of people beyond the term of their sentence, if they are deemed a danger to society.
Collins is trumpeting this as a get-tough measure to protect the community.
In effect National has decided that a group of people who have already been convicted and sentenced will now have their sentences extended. They will not be detained for longer because of any new crimes they have committed since first being sentenced, but because they might commit further crimes in the future.
Locking people up past the end of their sentence is the sort of thing despotic regimes do. It is an affront to the rule of law and yet another erosion of our civil liberties. Once again this government is showing its authoritarian tendencies, and like all authoritarian regimes it is justifying its behaviour by claiming the public are in danger.
But if the public are in danger it is this Government that threatens them. No government is perfect, but I am struggling to recall a past government as contemptuous of proper democratic and judicial processes as National is.