We've lost rational anger
and it pisses me off (seriously)
Maaaate. What's not to love about a rugby stadium? Sponsors and construction companies agree with me.
the hard fact is this policy goes way back
It does. Cabinet had to support changes for them to happen - just like this current result is not purely on Ryall but also English, Joyce, Collins and their fellow humanitarians.
And on us citizens. I really am grateful for the support we're seeing here.
the continued and unchanging policy of not paying relatives to care for their disabled family members
..unless they qualify for ACC, where family funding arrangements have worked just fine for years.
how large (roughly) is the disability 'community', and how political are they?
Disabled people and our families are a larger number than those who could be considered part of a politicised movement. Refusal to address even that most basic reality hinders effective disability policy and political action.
Also, when governments plead "poverty", what they are almost always saying is "we don't give a shit". Its not really about unaffordability; it is about priorities
the only way I can see it will lose them sufficient votes is if the disability sector organises politically over this issue, and brings their constituency and others in and makes it an electoral liability
enjoying having a five-day-old son
Please do. This stuff will wait.
I fear that the Maori Party voted for this for political expediency.
Someone pointed out that as part of the Budget they were obliged to under the confidence and supply agreement they signed up to with Joyce and co.
They protested, but didn't do so very effectively
Knock me down with a feather