There is a property speculating middle class who love life under Key. His economic policy based upon a failing dairy intensification industry and rebuilding from a natural disaster is kept afloat by an open door immigration policy and capital gains free environment that forces housing affordability through the roof.
The privilege being enjoyed by some is not a bounty that is being shared by everyone.
The Left have to focus on how those most impacted by inequality can share in societies harvest. They are the poor, the disenfranchised and the mission million who don’t believe anything can be done in Wellington that will make their lives meaningful in any way.
5 simple policies could transform life for those on the bottom.
The new Aotearoa social contract
$20 minimum wage – The living wage is $19.80 – let’s push for $20. The arguments for increasing it outweigh the negative. People spend that money directly into their neighbourhoods, small business will benefit from more local spending – large corporations will get grumpy. But screw them.
Renter rights & truly affordable houses – Meet your new landlord! The housing affordability crisis must be solved with a land tax, capital gains tax, restricting foreign ownership, immigration restrictions and a massive state housing programme. We also need renter rights. We require new law cementing in long term tenancies with rent controls and the promotion of ‘ethical landlords’, people who refuse to squeeze every last drop of money out of their tenants for needless greed.
Free education – Education is the way we progress society and improve our civilisation. Education allows us as human beings real agency and autonomy while building a better nation. All education needs to be free and seen as a right rather than a personal means to get a job and earn money. We need to revalue teachers, schools, universities and students. Making education free is essential if we want our society to become egalitarian.
Free public transport – We can afford to give old people free transport, what about the poorest and children? Transport is a huge hole in the pocket for students, beneficiaries and the low paid, making public transport free would not only be good for the environment, it would empower the poor.
Feed every child – Hungry children don’t learn. The decision to cut off parents from welfare hurts kids in poverty, it doesn’t solve laziness. Blaming the parents is bullshit. Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man a self help meme and keep the middle classes feeling smug for life.
The promise of democracy is you can look into the face of your child and know they will get a better deal at life than you did, NZ is currently failing that promise. We need a new deal but our Political Parties seem missing in action.