Our migrant communities who staff our local Dairy’s have become a shock absorber for National’s welfare reforms.
The pressures of poverty and the rise in homelessness and over crowding are going to explode somewhere, and its happening to the communities who are seen as weak and an easy target. Indian and Asian owners of Dairy’s are seen as those communities by the desperate.
A report last week shows how Asian-NZers were afraid of being in NZ, and so they should! There is a huge number of muggings that target Asians in Central Auckland every single week that never make it to the media because those migrant communities don’t have any voice in the mainstream.
Meanwhile the Police do what the new unemployment stats did and what Nick Smith tried to by blaming water pollution on birds and not cows – they falsified the crime stats and distract attention elsewhere.
The true counter productive nature of National’s ideological ‘jobs set you free’ style of social policy has still not sunk in for many NZers who never interact with CYFs, WINZ, Housing NZ, Probations, Corrections or Ministry of Development.
Forcing beneficiaries into low paid wages with draconian results if they miss a phone call does not do one thing to help the welfare of that beneficiary or the family they are supporting. National’s social policy has nothing to do with the welfare of the person, it has to do with punishing the beneficiary for being poor!
These frictions are going to manifest somewhere and it is the desperate vs the migrant community where that manifestation is causing the greatest harm.