John Key's welfare reforms are to social equality what ADIDAS is to brand management
Bernard Hickey (who alongside Matthew Hooten and Mai Chen will be the new guests on Citizen A) makes some very stark comments about Key's welfare double standards...
Key should apply rules to the older beneficiaries
Does John Key really want to go down this path?
His announcement over the weekend of plans to use payment cards to stop teen beneficiaries spending their benefits on drugs, alcohol and gambling seems like a good idea if you want to stop taxpayers' money being spent on 'bads'.
But it's only fair and sensible if it is extended to all beneficiaries, including those receiving Working For Families, Interest Free Student Loans and pensions.
When will John Key tell pensioners what they can spend their money on? When will John Key tell students with student free loans what they can spend their money on? When will John Key tell the middle classes who get working for families what they can do do with their money? He won't of course because they are all 'deserving' of state money the way he was, dirty filthy bennies on the benefit however are undeserving and that's how we divvy up the tax in NZ. The irony is that we have the cultural audacity to wonder why we have one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world with this kind of blatant hate as social policy on open display.
Adopting freemarket social policy to combat the effects of freemarket economic meltdown is like using petrol to put out a fire.
John Key's welfare reforms are to social equality what ADIDAS is to brand management. Sleepy Hobbits reap what they sow.