I asked Metiria Turei for a clarification from a question put to her on Campbell Live:
This is similar to the implication from a recent question to John Key in Parliament:
Metiria Turei: When will the Prime Minister drop his inequality denial and admit that his policies are creating a growing class of people who sit at the bottom of the most unequal education system in the developed world?
I hear similar to this this often, to the extent that National and John Key hate the poor and hate kids.
How National’s rich mates are going to get richer by keeping everyone else poor has never been explained to me.
There will always be a political battle between encouraging business growth which will (hopefully) result in more jobs and better paying jobs versus transferring wealth from the middle class and the rich to the poor.
We already do both, the argument is on what balance will work best.
National, like Labour, have an orthodox approach. Greens have a much more socialist ambition – Turei has talked about “equality recently in Turei on kids and inequality:
To have every citizen be deeply free – our institutions, economic, political, social need to be purposefully built to deliver equality.
Just making little tweaks in a band aid response to inequality is not good enough for our kids.
And if you suggest that this approach may be flawed and tweaks to the current approach might be less risky or less flawed you can get accused of hating the kids and hating the poor.
It’s going to be an interesting election year.
And if Labour, Greens and Mana (who are socialist as the Greens) get to form the next Government New Zealand could be in for an interesting experiment.
I hope we don’t end up like Greece. We may have to learn to say “oh σκατά!”