Poor old Winston, after the Christchurch white supremacy terror attack, he can’t really blow the anti-Muslim dog whistle or immigration dog whistle any longer, so as he panics with NZ First slumping to 3.5% he and Shane Jones blow the only dog whistle they can both get away with, ‘blame da Maaaaaaris’.
The new zeitgeist amongst a far more critical thinking youth who view the pittance handed to their elders as reparation for land confiscation clashes with older volk and it is these older volk that NZ First are desperately attempting to rekindle a romance with.
That’s why NZ First blindsided Labour and kneecapped their own MP over an abortion referendum (which is NOT philosophically warranted) and it’s why Shane Jones was mocking Ihumātao protestors on the same night Police attempted to drag them off the grounds.
It’s why Winston is bewilderingly standing up for Oranga Tamariki…
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says Māoridom must address issues of abuse towards children and women instead of accusing Oranga Tamariki of institutional racism.
Speaking at a New Zealand First public meeting in Tauranga on Thursday evening, Peters addressed calls for an end to the uplift of Māori children from their families by Oranga Tamariki.
“Oranga Tamariki is being accused of institutional racism for uplifting Māori children from their parents. Social workers are being harassed and threatened,” he said.
“The children uplifted from these circumstances are being called ‘New Zealand’s own stolen generation’. That is an insult to the Aboriginal Australian experience. An utter and total insult.”
…let’s just cut through this twaddle right here and now shall we?
This current flawed social policy was cooked up under National as a cost cutting measure using big data to justify intervention now rather than costing the state a fortune down the road. It manipulates the redefinition of who should get help rather than costly universal provision of services.
It’s a neoliberal response to child abuse by simplifying the damage poverty causes to a box ticking exercise by bureaucrats.
The 2016 changes from CYFS to the Ministry of Vulnerable children (later brown washed to ‘Oranga Tamariki’) weaponised CYFs uplifts to being the entire purpose of the Ministry. Parents aren’t eligible for legal aid to challenge decisions, there is no independent oversight to these powers and the rights of the parent were actually watered down to allow this level of coercion to be legal.
Winston is defending a system that beats the vulnerable and abuses them under the guise of intervening and ‘rescuing’ babies because he hates the talk of colonisation.
Hating on the philosophical perspective of critics is fine, but to support a flawed system that is counter productive just so that you can make that point is petty.
Rumours are swirling the Dirty Politics aficionado, Simon Lusk, has been advising NZ First. That would explain why Winston is so hell bent on finding an issue to suddenly get sensitive over and go kamikaze for.