The irony is that the most toxic part of the meth hysteria was the way Housing NZ treated innocent beneficiaries…
Evidence used for meth evictions, costs questioned
A state house tenant was evicted from her home and stung for $20,000 over a now-discredited meth test and because she had a relative that “may” have been involved with drugs.
…the neoliberal revolution 34 years ago transformed our Public Service from doers and builders (like Ministry of Works) into mangers of services and the focus is to allow industry to do whatever it likes with a threadbare budget to police and enforce.
Look at the illegal fishing fiasco that MPI have fucking well endorsed and over seen.
Look at the pure evil required to throw the most vulnerable onto the streets using meth hysteria as your justification.
Look at how the only thing our counterproductive prison industry is doing better at is helping prisoners commit suicide.
Look at the way WINZ continues to mistreat beneficiaries with impunity for a tinder date.
Our welfare agencies pre the neoliberal revolution were instrumental societal building blocks that ensured egalitarianism. The neoliberal welfare state is there to beat the bejesus out of anyone poor enough to need their help.
The Left has always looked at the State as the builder of an egalitarian society, we need to start appreciating that actually they are the greatest weapons used to beat down the poor.
There is a building reality within the Government that there must be a huge overhaul of the public service.
The sudden reshuffle of neoliberal management…
Upheaval in public service after sweeping changes
Sweeping changes in the public service have seen some of the country’s top civil servants shuffled between agencies, including the hugely powerful Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
…is to pretend that change has occurred before NZ First starts demanding wholesale reform. Labour are still too frightened of annoying the PSA, so it will be NZ First who starts purges against neoliberal public servants.
As that purge builds momentum, we must look to solution based reforms that detoxify welfare agencies, and surely in that regard we must listen to Māori and the rightful implementation of tikanga and kaupapa into welfare policy.
If you look at the Urban Māori Authorities who engage social contract policy at the very coal face of poverty, you see how their philosophy of the holistic individual is built into the provision of that social service.
I believe that NZ society desperately needs to adopt Māori collectivism into our central tenants of faith as to who we are and how we treat one another.
If beneficiaries were treated holistically by welfare agencies rather than punitively, if the provision of social aid actually cared in a kindness kaupapa, then those human beings in desperation would have the space to heal and rebuild and become productive members of our society in a community resourced to care.
We must come up with our own kiwi socialism, our own identity of positive economic solutions and rebuilding the public service to being doers and makers within a kindness kaupapa rather than sadistic managers must be our first project.