A proverb is a simple traditional saying that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. And years ago when I was at school ( yes in the days before television and way before the internet )we had to learn these pearls of wisdom as part of our English lessons.
“Birds of a feather flock together” was one .( Speaking of which I see they arrested Roger Stone in America this morning making him ( I think) the 7th member of the Trump campaign to face charges as aresult of the Muller inquiry. The idea that the head duck flew alone seems increasing less likely).
Another was “Fair words buttrer no parsnips” meaning talk is cheap. You can say whatever fair words you like, but without action your words are meaningless.
The Prime Minister is talking up the politics of kindness at Davos and we’re hearing a lot about an upcoming “well being” budget, but last September the Government released its interim tax rerport that frankly does little to address some of the main drivers of inequality in our country
It doesn’t recommend wealth or land taxes
It doesn’t want to change GST
It’s not going to increase company tax
So..”One law for the rich and one for the poor?” …. Still?
If you appoint an avowed neoliberal like former finance minister MIchael Cullen (who served in the Clark government) to chair a tax review you are not going to get progressive reforms that will address the yawning gap between the haves and have nots.
“Fair words butter no parsnips” indeed.
( Especially when low income families cannot afford butter in our dairy producing country because our “free” trade deals means we pay the international price for it.)
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.