How many Left voters felt when Jacinda ruled out any CGT ever.
The only reason Labour can get away with what they have done is because there is no alternative political vehicle to the left of them (the Greens are neoliberal lite) – until there is a new political party that challenges neoliberal economic policy the Left will twist in the wind.
I think though that when you are 48% in the polls, have bathed in international adoration and the Opposition is almost in leadership meltdown, there was never a better opportunity to spend some political capital by bringing in a watered down 15% CGT – that Labour refused to do so is political cowardice, not Machiavellian master strokes of political management
In the wake of the CGT betrayal I think a Political Party dedicated to fighting neoliberalism could get 5% but it would need to be led by someone Boomers respected while also appealing to Gen Xers & Millennials – we need our own Corbyn or Sanders.
One of the major problems with the current Government is because it was a last chance experiment that didn’t expect to win so they had no real plan to implement an agenda.
Look at how the unCivil Service sneer at the Politics of Kindness…
Health bosses planned to limit showers and meals for the disabled, create long wait lists for specialist care, and refuse help for autistic children as part of a desperate cost-saving bid.
Documents obtained by the Herald on Sunday reveal the “ruthless” cuts disability funding agencies offered to make after a $100m sector overspend this year – suggestions so appalling a national rollout was eventually stopped.
However, advocates, providers and their disabled clients say the cuts – designed to save $10m by June, and $20 million each year after – are now simply happening by stealthinstead.
The only revelation for them was seeing the cost-cutting tactics they’ve long suspected were being employed by agencies written down for the first time.
…charming and this isn’t a one off, the homeless are being turned away in Auckland…
Work and Income staff are turning away homeless people in Auckland, telling them there is no emergency housing available, multiple sources say.
…Kiwibuild continues to be an ineffective right wing market solution to a problem caused by free market failure…
More than half of the KiwiBuild homes built since the flagship policy started were underway before they were brought into the programme.
…someone with the openly appalling opinions that Cr James Casson has regarding immigrants is allowed to work for Immigration NZ…
The councillor who referred to refugees as “scum” will offer an apology to the Muslim community as calls come for him to be sacked.
Former immigration minister Tuariki Delamere said Hamilton City Councillor James Casson’s position with Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is untenable in the wake of his comments.
“If he’s referred to refugees as scum, then he should be dismissed from Immigration New Zealand immediately,” Delamere said.
…Child Poverty is up…
The number of children living in poor households had been decreasing since 2015, but rose in the year to June 2018, latest figures from Statistics NZ show.
About 254,000 children were in low-income homes after housing costs were deducted, up 2.4 per cent from the previous year.
While fewer – 183,000 children – lived in low-income homes before housing costs were deducted, this was a 17.3 per cent jump on the previous year.
About 148,000 children were living in material hardship.
…220 children in state care were abused from a supposedly reformed agency who did everything to hide the level of abuse…
The figures released this month by Oranga Tamariki into the extent of child abuse in state care are shocking.
There’s no way you can look at these statistics – 220 children physically, sexually, and emotionally abused and neglected in a mere six month time period – and not be appalled.
These children are uplifted from their families, from their homes, to a place that’s meant to be safer. In many cases, it is not. In some cases, it is worse.
The fact it has taken so long for the state to finally come clean about how ill-treated some of our tamariki are – and in particular Māori, who are over-represented in both state care placement and abuse statistics – is shameful.
…and of course it’s Māori who are being punished the most…
Dame Tariana Turia, the former Minister for Whānau Ora, strongly disagrees, saying “the number of children being abused in care doesn’t warrant a seven” and rating them three out of 10.
She also criticised the organisation for advertising children on Trade Me, saying the practice – which has now been stopped – “smacks of racism”.
Auckland University social work lecturer Dr Ian Hyslop agreed, saying “the abuse of children in care is unacceptable” and the overall the outcomes are “certainly racist”.
…and tragically our suicide rate continues to climb…
The number of people who have taken their own lives in New Zealand is the highest since records began, with 668 dying by suicide in the past year.
It was the fourth year in a row that number has increased. It was also the highest number of suspected suicide deaths since the coroner’s annual provisional suicide statistics were first recorded in 2007-08.
…the need for a wholesale rebuild of the values of the entire public service and welfare state can only occur if the experiences and genuine well being of those being treated by those agencies are front and centre of the reforms.
A new anti-neoliberal Party focused on revisiting the State Services Act and reform them from neoliberal tools into actual services for the people would be a necessary part of any political revolution alongside radical climate change adaptation and universal provision of basic services in a liberal progressive society.
The explosion of rage at Labour’s betrayal can’t go anywhere because who else would they vote for?
If a Party with the right leader could step up there might be a contest of ideas in 2020.