Paula Bennett is stepping down from politics…
National Party MP Paula Bennett will bow out of politics at the election and venture into the “business world”.
Her decision follows last month’s leadership change in the National Party after Todd Muller and Nikki Kaye rolled Simon Bridges and Bennett. Bennett was also removed as the party’s campaign chair and replaced by Gerry Brownlee.
She informed Muller of her decision at 9am today. She told media this morning he had thanked her for what she had done for the party and that she would be missed.
…her legacy is one of political puppetry and malice.
Her draconian attacks on welfare recipients was only possible because she herself had been a solo mother.
Paula was the ultimate political poacher turned game keeper.
She could push welfare eugenics because she could always cite her own experience as some sort of justification.
She released personal information to shame beneficiary critics and put into place a sanction regime that saw thousands go hungry.
Her most shameful moment in politics was her championing of throwing state tenants out onto the street for meth contamination in state housing.
Ignoring the scientific evidence and refusing to implement Housing NZs own policy. Paula sought headlines attacking state tenants whose houses tested positive, and enabled the needless spending of $120million to decontaminate houses that didn’t pose a health risk.
She threw thousands of beneficiaries onto the streets in the middle of a housing crisis.
Her ruthlessness masquerading as ‘I know best’ damaged NZs poor, she didn’t alleviate it.
She’s been dumped now National don’t need any more draconian welfare reforms and the status this solo mother worked so hard to attain has been cut from under her with the same ruthlessness she showed beneficiaries.
Paula’s lack of empathy is her legacy. The poor will not weep her passing from politics.
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