National's boot camp for bad kids 'vote-winner', 'cynical', AM panel weighs in

  • 18/11/2022

A political commentator says the National Party's youth offending boot camp plan will be "an absolute vote winner".

National leader Christopher Luxon unveiled the party's plan to crack down on youth offending on Thursday. 

The plan would see some reoffending 15 -17-year-olds sent to Defence Force boot camps. 

It would also include electronic monitoring for youth aged between 10 and 17 who had committed two or more serious crimes. 

Political commentator Trish Sherson told AM no matter your position on the policy, it "has got everyone talking". 

Joining AM's panel, Sherson said the policy will appeal to most swing voters as a choice between "action from National and perceived inaction from this Government."

"I think it's going to be an absolute vote winner, it is a very simple headline policy that people can get their head around."

She believes it will provide National with a "good bump" but may be seen as "cynical" heading into the Hamilton by-election. 

Former Manu Samoa captain Filipo Levi told AM "it is quite cynical". 

"We need to go back to the roots of why the youth are doing this."

Watch the full AM panel above.