While Jacinda is in Britain trying to suggest a free trade deal with NZ will somehow make the cluster fuck of Brexit somehow easier for Theresa May, the latest inequality numbers are out and they show a society horribly distorted by wealth…
Oxfam report says inequality is deepening
The two richest people in New Zealand – Graeme Hart and Richard Chandler – increased their wealth by over $1 billion in the 2017-2018 financial year, a new Oxfam International report says, but the poorest 50 per cent became poorer still.
The richest 5 per cent of the population now owns more put together than the poorest 90 per cent.
…these numbers come on the heels of other figures showing that need, poverty and housing are all still at crisis levels.
The truth is Jacinda inherited a neoliberal structure that is built to punish the poor and benefit property owners. Her politics of kindness simply won’t be enough to make real change for those people, for that she needs actual structural reform.
She has plenty of good ideas and she has plenty of good advice, but the real crunch will be in ramming these proposals through a public service that is neoliberal and the vested interests of those who have benefitted from the rigged casino.
If real reform is to happen, it will need to be championed and rammed through by Winston Peters because to successfully make these changes will require breaking noses and punching jaws.
Those on the bottom can’t wait for the politics of kindness to slowly change things, they need a romper stomper who is prepared to spend the political capital they have built over a life time to ensure they get a real chance in NZ, not just a pretend one.