Jesus wept this is embarrassing…
The government is under pressure after having housed just 12 families under its Progressive Home Ownership Scheme since its official launch seven months ago.
…and the total lack of traction on building houses was announced in the same week that poverty has barely moved…
Incrementalism isn’t working: Child Poverty Action Group says that’s the lesson from the latest child poverty statistics released today.
“Although not surprising, these pre-Covid statistics overall are deeply disappointing. For families with disabilities, they’re absolutely shocking,” says CPAG spokesperson Innes Asher, Professor Emeritus.
Most of the nine measures showed no statistical change over the 21 months to March 2020.
…and the chasm of inequality has imploded…
New Zealand’s richest citizen, Graeme Hart, has seen his fortune increase by NZ$3,494,333,333 since March 2020 – a sum equivalent to over half a million New Zealanders receiving a cheque for NZ$6,849 each, reveals a new analysis from Oxfam today.
…and yet instead of being transformational in housing, poverty, mental health and inequality, what do we get as a legislative agenda?
Woke middle class identity politics virtue signals.
No one in the Greens are even able to tell us how many Gay Conversions happen each year, rewriting the legal system to design it so that more men are found guilty of sexual assault regardless of actual guilt is jaw dropping and a climate emergency that doesn’t actually trigger any emergency powers.
It’s all meaningless waffle!
The foundations of the 35 year neoliberal experiment in NZ have been exposed and found to be cracked to their core, with the climate crisis demanding a radical change, this pandemic is the perfect time to challenge the religious orthodoxy of free market dogma.
This is a unique challenge for the NZ Left ever since Identity Politics over took class politics as the dominant theory on our side of the political divide. It means currently that the Left in NZ are intellectually better prepared to organise a WoC Mommy Blogger Trans Ally free the nipple petition on Action Station than they are to debate the hegemonic structure of neoliberalism.
Woke Identitarians will scream patriarchy, racism and sexism to explain our malaise but the truth is economics and the weaponisation of scarcity is designed to erode class solidarity so that those hegemonic structures remain.
This cancel culture has left the Left intellectually ill prepared to debate the failures of the free market economy and the solutions we must adopt to get out of this.
Labour are notoriously timid when it comes to challenging the neoliberal hegemonic structure because they were the Party that unleashed this far right experiment upon us and the scars of that debate are still raw in Labour’s psyche, luckily for us the economic depression alongside the meltdown of the climate crisis will be so deep and damaging that even Cautious Jacinda and Extra Cautious Grant have no choice but to reform and rebuild.
If they refuse transformative change, the Left must look at a political vehicle beyond Labour and the equally hopeless Greens.
History is watching.
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