Throughout Where to Invade Next – in cinemas now – Moore would shuffle into countries where they do things right and land-grab their ideas to take back to America where so much is done wrong.
The spoils of Moore’s war were bountiful.
From Italy five months maternity pay at 80 per cent of salary and the law that sees each worker receive a yearly Christmas ‘bonus’ of an extra full month’s pay.
It was fairly unsexy stuff.
With the shambolic Moore leading the charge how could it not be?
But it gave me much to think about.
As Moore’s war rolled on and his greedy hands swiped the cream of Europe’s social ideologies I couldn’t help but compare all the gobsmackingly great policies going on overseas and the astounding results these policies were having –
– with the rubbish policies we were bringing in here and how we seemed to be quite willingly eschewing much of our own good stuff in favour of waltzing down America’s lousy path.
But all were backed up by startlingly good results.
All hammered home the shoddy policies being implemented here and how it is starting to feel like a slow crumbling of a once-decent society.
When the Government’s most successful social policy of the past few years is Max Key – you know you’ve got problems – man.
We Kiwis used to pride ourselves on giving everyone a fair go and on being good decent people.
We have free healthcare and had free education.
We banned nukes – went green and gave every person a vote before it was cool.
We started the process of making peace with the past to secure a future.
We had a place where everyone could afford to get educated – get a job – live in a house and raise a family.
We had paradise.
A slice of heaven.
Then we got greedy and it all went to shit.