Politicians are at their worst when it comes to talking crime. Gangs specifically, but crime generally. Few other topics bring out distorted facts, emotive and ill-informed rhetoric and outright fiction than crime does.
Politicians know that talking tough on crime wins votes. Talking nonsense does too. Labour and National are no better or worse than each other in this regard, the distinction for buffoonery tends to be government versus opposition, with the opposition taking the lead. The parties reverse roles comfortably as they move in and out of power. But opposition rhetoric most often means the government responds in