I am sick of this bullshit bizarre framing of who has it the worst in N.Z. It's like English wants us to feel sorry for the Poor old rich taxpayers keeping the lazy poor in beer and ciggies. What a turd of a man.
How can someone like English sleep at night with poverty and inequality growing under his watch. He defends that poverty growth by saying that the rich are doing all the hard work because look, they have all the money.
It's a legacy of the mistrust older people now have for National... If you decide you've been let down, it's harder to change your mind.... There's a perception that rich people vote National, and it's true. I hate that. It would do us good to drive some of those people away.
I've always interpreted such surveys as an indicator of middle-class decompression and the weakening of organised labour movements. Even then, the rentier class has successfully convinced society's battlers that those below them are to blame for holding them back. Remember the 12 Cookies joke that circulated not long after the Great Recession?
Because we don't have social class in NZ?
At least they admit it in Britain...
NZ does have a class system, but not in the formalised British sense. What we have in NZ is more like the informal Nouveau Riche-driven class structures of America and other former New World colonies. And while Britain still retains the old class structures, the Nouveau Riche has made inroads into it. And strangely enough:
Today, one of the few things US politicians on the right and the left agree on is social mobility in their country has calcified. It is actually lower than in Britain, as the New York Times noted last year.
From my own experiences, it's too easy to slip a few rungs on the ladder if you hail from an affluent family but have a disability and/or mental illness. It speaks true of some of my friends too. It's also made me realise that the Nouveau Riche thing is deep down an exercise in cherry-picking, dumb luck and survivorship bias.
How does that explain Labour voters voting Remain and Tories voting Leave?
It transcends party politics. The UK Tories were visibly divided, and not just because former Bullingdon Club buddies David and Boris went on a collision course over the Brexit issue. By the same token, roughly a third of UK Labour supporters are believed to have voted Leave.
Brexit appears to be a symptom of collective anger at trickle-down economics breaking its promise to share the gains. However, it does matter who the anger is directed at. It's all too easy to scapegoat foreigners and 'bludgers' instead of the rentier class, which caused much of the fiscal mess in the first place and likely set everyone else below them against each other.
I really do not understand how some bigots are so scared of the world and the diversity of human experience in it. Yet they so clearly and harmfully do.
Some of them have repackaged themselves as "defenders" of gay & womens' rights against "feral people of colour". On any other day, they'll still bang on about gays and feminists "undermining Western society from within". There's a fallacy for this sort of thing - isn't it called 'pinkwashing'?. I suspect still other extremists are overloading logical circuits over whether Muslims or gays are the bigger threat of the two.
Thankfully the likes of Laurie Penny are calling bollocks on it, despite threats of violence against her, and name-calling to the effect of "cultural Marxist traitor".
sorry went away for a few days. let me be clear I think he opposition is right to hold Bennett to the fire and Soper is a dick I was just lamenting that even when the opposition is right they still get flack
I'm wondering if Soper, Watkins, Trevett, Gower et al are a wider symptom of credentialism brought about by labour market deregulation. In the case of journalism, kids fresh out of high school can no longer approach the local paper for a cadetship, and that they now need tertiary degrees to get into what is now an industry that's gone downmarket to survive. The end result is "poshification" of the talent pool.
As for party politics as a whole, I know exactly who I'm voting for, and it's whoever believes that ladders of opportunity are a human right and not a privilege for rentiers and other winners of the social lottery.
My visual take on the Orlando tragedy. I can’t help but think of Mahatma Gandhi’s wisdom: “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.”
One thing this is not looking like is a man actually directed by ISIS, or a part of a conspiracy. This is quite unlike the Paris attacks.
A bit of Jared Loughner, Man Haron Manis, Clayton Weatherston, Andrew Cunanan... who else would Omar Mateen have taken after?