I think justice is equal parts punishment and restoration. I think you have to allow people who have broken a law to keep their dignity, and help them towards becoming a part of a compassionate society again. There are a few complete shits out there, but generally people end up criminals for a reason. The fact that 15% of the population as a whole identify as Maori, but 50% of the prison population do, tells you something. Not about the criminality of Maori, but about the history of our society.
I think it is revolting to watch a Minister climb on top of the crushed car of boy racer in ridiculous high heeled boots and pose for the camera with a smile on her face. I think it is wasteful to destroy the car, and either gimmicky or spiteful to pose on top of it. I don’t think justice should be gimmicky or spiteful. I think if you want to humiliate someone, you should be prepared to be humiliated.