Hello Mr Henry, I’d love to have a chat with you on your sexist, racist and mindless National Party cheerleading.
The most interesting thing about the AAAP protest last week was the tut-tutting from private voices on the Left rather than Key’s farcical, ‘I don’t even know why they are protesting’ response.
The Left are so battered, bruised and rudderless that when someone like the AAAP have the courage to stand and scream ‘NO MORE’, the reply from the dusty upper echelons of NZs Left is ‘Shhhh, you’re making a scene’.
The reality is that this budget didn’t do a damned thing for the poor. What has slipped past the mainstream media are the new work requirements. National are set to privatise welfare this means private companies will be given bonuses for every beneficiary they remove from their lists. If they find the beneficiary a job, that person is removed off their list and they get a bonus – OR they get the bonus if they disqualify the beneficiary.
The extra work commitments are set up to disqualify people from benefits when the solo parent can’t say yes to the work, it’s not there to help them or their children.
The myopic focus on the supposed $25 extra a week (really only about $18 when you take into account the cuts to other welfare) was a political smokescreen to ease the conscience of National Party voters living the good life off property speculation and borrowed tax cuts.
AAAP know this, they do advocacy for beneficiaries and they know that the hatred towards the weakest and the poorest means their furious voice is never heard. I am proud AAAP refuse to be polite and hold onto their righteous fury.
If only more NZers had the backbone AAAP do.
Their anger is a gift, it’s not an embarrassment.