I thought it was interesting last year when respected economist Brian Easton suggested that inequality in NZ was so intense that it may bring about civil strife.
I didn’t think it was likely because NZers are culturally easy to push around and basic lack of population density would make civil strife difficult to concentrate enough force to challenge the Police.
Now I’m not so sure.
Yes NZers are culturally easy to push around, but it’s completely different when they are cornered. Key’s new ‘UnSocial Housing’ plans to put the heat on 5000 State Housing tenants to do to them what he’s done in Glenn Innes, a class cleanse so that the developers he’s planning to flog billions of dollars in state housing off to have the property they can turn a quick buck for.
Thousands of State House tenants the Government deem as too rich will be evicted. That’s Police and Bailiffs having to drag tenants out. Social media will make these evictions flash points.
One of the interesting bits of info that turned up looking at the recent Queen st brawl was that much of the posturing had been done on social media between both factions of the gangs involved, imagine if that transmission turns from organising fights to stopping mates being dragged out of their homes? Hundreds of young people descending on Police dragging people out of their homes from suburbs they regard as home.
Live streaming of evictions and calls to defend them have all the ingredients for a resistance to explode out of control of the Police.
State House evictions could cost the Government far more than they are prepared for.