One of the most important parts of the Key brand is moderation. Despite being a hard right politician, pundits and media always sell Key as brilliantly moderate, and to those media and punditry, Key is moderate.
Key has kept the middle class tax breaks while passing draconian legislation aimed at the poorest amongst us. Untaxed middle class property speculation rises while State houses are being sold off. The rich have tax havens while unemployment rises to 5.7%.
It isn’t so much a difference of perspective as a difference of reality and the media have just woken up to it with a deluge of news stories focusing on what is actually happening outside the multi-million dollar studios and Ponsonby Rd cafes.
We are so manipulated into this fantasy world of Key’s that large chunks of the electorate will actually believe him when he says the homeless can just walk into a WINZ Office at get a house.
Look at the way Key claimed people in welfare enjoyed drugs too much and that was why they were failing their kids, well look at the actual results of these tests on beneficiaries…
Few beneficiaries had benefits cut for taking drugs last year.
Beneficiaries with work obligations are now required to take and pass a drug test when asked to as part of a job application, with sanctions applied to their benefits for failing the tests.
Last year, there were 31,791 referrals for drug testable positions nationwide and just 55 sanctions for failing a drug test, according to Ministry of Social Development (MSD) figures.
…so they aren’t the drug fiends the PM has painted them as, so it’s the intergenerational poverty, loss of universal services, lack of social housing, low wages from weak unions, intergenerational health issues, lack of job training and lack of jobs that is to blame, not the poor hitting the bong.
Which brings us back to what the bloody hell is the Government actually doing – and the answer is nothing. National have no interest in solving the housing crisis because they need the speculative bubble to generate fake growth so our GDP numbers don’t dip. Escalating homelessness, poverty, inequality and over crowding is all just collateral damage to keep the speculators happy and voting National.
It’s that craven and dishonourable.
The media have sold an unquestioned spin that Key is moderate because they’ve benefited from the middle class tax breaks and aren’t impacted by the harshness of the welfare system. That illusion can no longer be allowed to stand.
Key will get his $3b for tax cuts by selling $5b worth of state houses – the obscenity of what NZ has become in its grim naked truth.