Kettling (also known as containment or corralling) is a police tactic for controlling large crowds during demonstrations or protests. It involves the formation of large cordons of police officers who then move to contain a crowd within a limited area. Protesters are left only one choice of exit controlled by the police – or are completely prevented from leaving, with the effect of denying the protesters access to food, water and toilet facilities for an arbitrary period determined by the police forces.
The comments were gross and angry, but this is dear old Radio NZ we are talking about. It’s Nanna, and Nanna only found out about this internet thing last year, so bless right? The technical hiccups are occurring because we are trying to teach a dinosaur to use an i-pad.
Some of the comrades even went as far to suggest the entire thing was a manufactured set up by Slater and Farrar. I don’t think describing it as a “false flag” astroturfing campaign helps distinguish you however from the bloke who wants to send you a really important website link about the truth behind 9/11.
Other than a good chance to bash Radio NZ, Slater and Farrar are doing dirty politics here, they are politically kettling the building hostility from those feeling the desperation of this Government’s policies.
It’s not the stresses Government policy has on the individual that gets focused on, it’s the angry comments that those being impacted most by that policy say that becomes the focus.
The reaction becomes a wonderful distraction from why these people have been pushed to such anger in the first place.
Our recent past is peppered with people who have been broken by this Government’s policy. There is much to be angry and stressed about.
Christchurch has had its mental health services slashed, despite the ongoing pressures of earthquakes.
The protestor who attacked Gerry Brownlee lost his son in the earthquake.
Beneficiary Russell John Tully opened fire at a WINZ office in 2014 and when we consider the way this Government treated with contempt the privacy of beneficiary Natasha Fuller, has attacked the courage of Sarah Wilson and pushed wheelchair bound Sam Kuha to attack a WINZ office with a hammer, I can’t shrug off pointing the blame where it needs to be pointed.
The way we treat people is a disgrace. Where is the emergency housing promised?
Look at the way half of beneficiaries have been caught out by welfare rules that are purposely difficult to understand and they become locked into debt servitude to the state.
Beneficiaries owed more than $627 million to Work and Income at the end of the financial year, according to official figures.
As of June 30, beneficiaries owed $627,780,079 to the Ministry of Social Development, the umbrella organisation of Work and Income.
Jobseeker support and sole parent support beneficiaries owed $417,333,640.95. The debtors — 59.1 per cent of total main benefit recipients — owed an average of $2475.90.
Debt can occur as a result of overpayment, “recoverable assistance” and fraud. Recoverable assistance helps people pay for things they need urgently, such as school uniforms or rent arrears.
So effectively the Department of Social welfare are a giant shark loan agency? Lending to the poorest and then screwing them on interest for debt they can never pay.
We don’t like to do anything formal in NZ, we like things casual around a BBQ and allowing beneficiaries to borrow for essentials and then charge them on debt they can never pay back is about as relaxed as we’ll get on slavery.
Let’s call it casual slavery.
Overpayments are another cruel hoax used to catch beneficiaries out and enslave more debtors. The hungry and the poor are unlikely to question extra money and the rules are purposely complex to catch out the rest.
These policies mean the Department of Development is actually just a debt farm, shepherding the poor into a life of servitude and casting off those who can’t fit through the gates.
All the new drop in benefit numbers mean is that National have perfected into an art the excuses they need to just dump weakened people off welfare without them fighting back.
So the Government’s plans for the poor? Why Paula Bennett would like to shift large chunks of South Auckland to Ashburton. You can’t make this up.
We are arresting student loan defaulters at the airport.
We have solo mums who are better off on the benefit than working because wages are so low!
There are other issues. We can’t trust the Government Departments responsible for all of this change because they cook the books to get the stats they want!
We have a private prison industry desperate for expansion and jailing debtors could be a growth business. I’m waiting for the editorial calling on a debtors jail.
Every day in every way, the weakest and poorest members of our society are being treated appallingly and without compassion.
We must be a better country than this. We must otherwise the building fury will only intensify.