Paula starves bennies and then appears on Good Morning showing them how to cook 'cheap eats' - the audacity!
Last week, TVNZ embarrassed themselves by giving Paula Bennett a propaganda platform to soften her public image by talking about loving little babies rather than ONE question from former National Party candidate Paul Henry about her Welfare Razor Gang voodoo math which is being used to justify forcing solo mothers, the mentally unwell, the crippled and the sick back to work in a 6.8% unemployment environment.
I didn't think it could possibly get worse - oh but it did. On Tuesday a terrible story about a solo mother losing a sixth of her body weight since the beneficiary slashing appeared...
When belt tightening is not enough
A sole parent says she has lost a sixth of her bodyweight because she has not been able to eat properly since the Government tightened access to training subsidies for beneficiaries last year. Sara, a 35-year-old West Auckland mother in her second year of an applied science degree at Unitec, gets $517 a week in welfare but needs $668 a week to pay rent, drive to her classes and run a home for herself and her 12-year-old daughter - a shortfall of $151 a week.
This solo mother simply can not afford to live on the benefit given her and the sheer cruelty of the depth of NZs hatred towards those on welfare is fully explored by Idiot/Savants point made by NZ's best documentary maker, Alister Barry in his brilliant, In a Land of Plenty...
experts worked out minimum food budgets for beneficiaries based on nutritional needs and different expectations of diet. Treasury took the lowest level - which was inadequate to meet basic nutritional needs - and cut it by 20% to provide an "incentive". And while benefits have been inflation adjusted, that basic gap between benefit levels and minimum nutritional needs has remained ever since. And now we're back in an era of mass unemployment and longer durations on benefits, it is again coming back to haunt us.
...we have purposely set welfare at nutrition levels 20% lower than the lowest level and then on top of this news story about beneficiaries starving Paula Bennett has the audacity to appear on Good Morning yesterday telling people how to cook 'cheap eats'.
Her 'Let them eat leak and potato soup' was in extraordinary bad taste in the wake of the solo mother starving story and just further proof of what an extension of the National Party TVNZ has sadly become.
Ugly, so very ugly.