Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: What about that Welfare Working Group, then?

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  • Sacha, in reply to tatjna,

    Actually, Tatjana, you *are* making the case really well. Thank you. As some of your commenters have said, you could easily submit that to a newspaper op-ed page with a smidge of editing. I like this theme:

    Those things are not things that make me better than anyone else. What they do is make me luckier. They make me more employable. They are things that came to me through no effort on my part, and a lot of people out there do not have those things.

    ....

    People are on a benefit long term because there are more people available than there are jobs available. Because NZ's wages have not kept up with inflation and therefore single parents cannot earn enough to pay child care costs so that they can work the hours required by employers. Because New Zealand still has prejudices against people with disabilities, people who are older, people who might get pregnant and people with brown skin. AND BECAUSE THERE AREN'T ENOUGH JOBS TO GO AROUND. And because a lot of the available jobs are only accessible to those who've done the ten or so years of upskilling required while earning minimum wage supplemented by a benefit.

    ...

    Meanwhile, John Key please shut the fuck up. Yes, you were a fatherless child. That's about all you have in common with the children of those dead miners, or the children of the still-alive miners who worked at the now-defunct Pike River Mine. And don't you ever forget that you got your education for free. "Bootstraps", you say? "You too can be like me" you say? Okay, lets see those straps those kids are supposed to pull themselves up by. Because from what I see, they all got cut before these children were even born (but of course, after you benefited from them).

    John Key's family offered him the inherited social capital of the privileged wealthy of Europe (and his mother's father was a leather merchant, speaking of bootstraps). They certainly did it hard during his largely fatherless youth, though as you say propped up by all this nation's state supports so blithely dismantled by neolib nutters from 1984 onwards.

    But the individualistic 'boy from a state house made good' schtick is so much easier to sell. As is blaming each poor person for the failings of social and market structures deliberately designed for the benefit of others.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19683 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    John Key’s family offered him the inherited social capital of the privileged wealthy of Europe (and his mother’s father was a leather merchant, speaking of bootstraps).

    So that's why he is all "Kid Gloves"
    with Rodney Hide then...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Dita De Boni writes column critical of the welfare reform plans. The NZ Herald decides to distill it into this quote so as to diametrically misrepresent her argument. Quite priceless really.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

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