John Campbell did an incredible interview with Paula Bennett on Breakfast this morning.
It allowed us to see more of Paula than I think we’ve been able to see before and was testament to his skill as an interviewer.
And such a gem to just drop into breakfast TV.
When challenged on the draconian nature of her welfare reforms, it was genuinely unnerving to see the light of life coaching self assurance burn so incandescently from the hollow of her eyes.
For Paula, her punitive reforms, her using private information to attack beneficiaries who were publicly critical of her, her championing of the state house meth testing hysteria were all for the benefit of those she hurt!
She asserted that those challenges built their self esteem up with all the sincerity of a TV shopping channel.
Cut benefits, fear and homelessness is just weakness leaving the body.
The gleefulness for Paula to now be able to focus more on Paula was palatable at the end of the interview and a fitting cautionary tale to what naked ambition will justify to someone because of their own personal survival of circumstance minus the journey gift of empathy.
Paula’s life experience taught Paula to look after Paula. Great skills for a mercenary, not so conducive as a Welfare Minister.
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