The Government pockets are bulging, the economy supported directly by the State has avoided economic armageddon, the billionaires are far richer and Labour have an absolute democratic majority.
So why the hell is poverty and housing affordability so out of control?
Because Labour point blank refuse to lift welfare and turned the taps on corporate banks flooding the market with cheap speculative cash that has seen house prices and rentals spike insanely!
It’s doubly cruel to damn beneficiaries into poverty while lifting their rents.
Matariki as a public holiday, an environmental emergency that doesn’t actually trigger emergency powers, hate speech legislation that has nothing to do with stopping white supremacy terrorism and hollow Kiwibuild promises. All empty gestures that don’t challenge the neoliberal hegemony causing the root problems.
With a Parliamentary majority, there are no excuses. Yes Covid makes it harder, but that just makes the leadership required to be greater.
Jacinda and Grant can be that great, we are seeing it with their handling of Covid, but we must have more!
The housing market is structurally building a vast bias towards speculators that will rob the promise of tomorrow for a feudal today.
Jacinda’s kindness risks becoming a NeoKindness if welfare isn’t doubled and mass state housing rebuild undertaken.
It’s as simple as that.
History is watching to see if our walk matched the talk.
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