It is a dark and shameful day for NZ. Wednesday night in Parliament, the National Government voted down MANA’s ‘Feed The Kids’ Bill. It would have seen the hungriest children at the poorest schools fed Breakfast and Lunch with funding for schools to set up gardens and help organise parent volunteers.
It would have been one of the most substantial means by which we lift an entire class of children in poverty out of poverty.
John Key’s National Party said no. We have $28million for a bullshit flag referendum. We have money for a millionaires yacht race. We have millions to re-invade Iraq with the real possibility we will be culpable for war crimes alongside ‘allies’ as cruel and evil as those we are supposedly fighting and we have $400 million to blow on more unsustainable dairy irrigation sourced from the sale of public assets which were paid for by taxpayer subsidies to the richest NZers.
But we don’t have the money to feed our own children locked into the paralysis of poverty in a first world country.
We have refused to feed these children because middle Nu Zilind screams it’s the responsibility of the parents to feed those children. Middle Nu Zilind refuse to accept the pittance paid on welfare and the pittance paid as a minimum wage are to blame. Middle Nu Zilind refuse to trace the poverty back to Ruth Richardson’s mother of budget welfare cuts. Middle Nu Zilind demands ‘personal responsibility’ and garden variety bigotry to explain hungry children in poor schools.
Middle Nu Zilind believe this…
Our hatred of the poor, our poverty denial, our need to believe that success is a personal choice and nothing to do with hegemonic power structures within society has robbed us of compassion, has robbed us of vision, has robbed us of our egalitarianism.
We have money for war, but no money to feed the poor.
Under National we are a land of the wrong uptight crowd, led by a multimillionaire Hawaiian mansion money trader who with a compliant mainstream media, abuses political power using a laid back ease that appeals to the anti-intellectualism of middle Nu Zilind.
While throwing up over National’s actions. let’s not forget that it was Labour who cut Hone’s throat in Te Tai Tokerau and ended the only party dedicated to the poor.
This is not my country, this is some neoliberal nightmare from which there seems no waking.