I'm so sick of hearing about John Key's state house childhood. Key had welfare when it was gold plated, right now it's shit encrusted. He grew up in that rose glass tinted NZ of yore where milk was free and cows skipped to the abattoir. Using that position of cosy aproned Government generosity to justify crippling the current welfare state for the most vulnerable is not only intellectually bankrupt, it's immoral.
But as disgusting as the bennie bashing is, it is merely a veneer to distract public attention from the structural change that is quietly keeping all those lobbyists who have open access to Ministers so very busy. We are seeing what amounts to as the corporatization of welfare, just like prisons and just like National are planning to do with education by using the National Standards results as league tables to inject a false competition model into schools.
Key is charming his way through a stealth privatization agenda. On the one hand acknowledging that he is going to the election to boldly seek a mandate, but on the other hand, not actually specifying how deep that privatization agenda runs, and as such, he comes across as decisive without ever explaining to any of us what his decisiveness will actually mean.
We can not in good conscience match up the 100 000 solo mothers, mentally unwell, disabled and unemployed having to do with less while we can't find enough cash to throw at corporate welfare for Sky City, AMI. Warners, Mediaworks and South Canterbury Finance.
If you're not angry, you're not paying attention.