i must say the latest political opinion poll has been cheering.
not so much because labour have increased their lead over national, but because brash’s little exercise in marginalisation for political gain has fallen flat on it’s face.
obviously brash and his advisers, (mccully, richardson), expected traction from this bout of beneficiary bashing, but it just hasn’t happened.
maybe clark will now also pull her head in; realising that having a go at those raising the next generation only impresses the rabid right.
but, of course, the unintended and positive outcome of this focus on welfare, is a new focus on the issue of corporate welfare; manifest in workers top ups using taxpayers money, (an effective govt subsidy to greedy and/or inefficient employers).
the mantra is; if you can’t afford to pay your workers a fair/living wage, as an acceptable component of your overheads, you shouldn’t be in business.
and why should tax revenue have to be frittered away, effectively given to business?
i’m sure everyone can think of a multitude of better ways to use that money.
and of course, workers getting a fair wage, raises the tax take, and invariably, that increase in income for workers is spent, and goes straight back into the economy; it’s not bloody rocket science.
(i’m not quite sure yet wether the right have managed to join the dots between shiply?richardson’s gutting of the social welfare system in the service of ideology, and the subsequent recession. mmmm?)
the raising of the minimum wage to $12 per hr, and long overdue realistic wage rises for all workers, will help in transferring the costs of business back to where it belongs, business.