(ed: that we as a very wealthy country have such high rates of poverty/inequality/homelessness could not be more of an indictment of the tory and labour governments of the last few decades..
between them they have taken new zealand from the top of those international childcare rankings..
to now near the bottom..
and yes..the tories/national have waged war on the poor in a steely-eyed/relentless fashion..
but we can’t forget how helen clark promised in 2002 ‘to end poverty’ – but wouldn’t be nailed down on a date/time-frame for this lofty goal..
..clark then went on to further kick the poorest in the guts..by not increasing their incomes for nine long years…and by further cutting/doing away with all of the special-benefit add-ons that could be done for parents with ..say..special needs children..to help with the inevitable high costs of/from taking on such a responsibility..
clark did away with them…and then with her tory roots showing through loud and clear..she stigmatised/demonised the non-working poor..her chorus of annette king and all those other labour people who are still there…providing back-up..
..her ‘deserving’ and ‘non-deserving’ labelling/dividing of the poorest..with clark declaring open-season on the non-working poor was a gobsmackingly ugly example of twisted-politics…not clarks’/labour/new zealands’ finest hours..those..
both parties seized/embraced with gusto the fuck-the-poor ideology so inherent to neoliberalism..
..and both parties..unable to be unaware of those poverty/inequality outcomes from this great neoliberal experiment…both parties have been in positions to upend this horror-show…and to put right again what has been/was so wrong to do in the first place..
..both parties have failed in that most basic of governing-responsibilities..to take care of all the citizens they govern for..end of story..
so that is where new zealand labour party has to come back from..
they have to win trust again…they have to prove they have pivoted to the democratic socialism the people are screaming out for..
and i’m not seeing the labour party promising the sort of poverty-busting policies that have just served jeremy corbyn so well..
i’m expecting sweet fuck all from the tories..but sadly i am also expecting sweet fuck all from the new zealand labour party..
the neoliberal-incrementalist-centrist faction has a stranglehold on the party..and grim-faced..into the valley of electoral-death..they will surely ride..
prescribing just more of the low-wage/high cost of living/extreme levels of poverty/inequality/ever-degrading environment/the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer/unaffordable housing/widespread homelessness..that they have served up before..
some more of the new zealand they and the tories have created..
i actually think the new zealand labour party should copy and paste corbyns’ manifesto..and stick their name on the top of it..
but they won’t..)
We don’t do very well when it comes to health and wellbeing – obesity – reducing inequality – but we’re good at clean air and gender equality.
The wellbeing of New Zealand’s children places us 34th out of 41 developed countries according to a report released by Unicef on Thursday.
The report tracks the progress on goals such as reducing child poverty – inequality and deprivation and improving things like education and health for children.
The 34th placing puts us behind Greece – Hungary and Lithuania – but ahead of the United States – Israel and Turkey.
Unicef said New Zealand’s presence in the bottom end of the rankings is proof that ‘high national income is no guarantee of a good record in sustaining child wellbeing’.