It's been a running joke that every time Key's government is in trouble, it gets Paula Bennett to announce some new crackdown on beneficiaries - or re-announce one, if they're short of ideas for new ones at the time.
The approach seems to be rapidly coming to its logical conclusion - the descent into farce. I had thought the govt was scraping the bottom of the barrel with the re-announcement of drug-testing for beneficiaries, but no, they really aren't going to stop just because they've reached the point of looking like vindictive morons. Now, they've come up with a double-whammy of malicious stupidity:
First, the stupid: making school attendance compulsory for beneficiaries' children. Now, I may be expecting too much of right-wing politicians here, but shouldn't an NZ government be familiar with the Education Act 1989?
Second, the malicious: compulsory professional childcare. This is the kind of authoritarian idiocy I could almost picture coming from a Labour govt in its death throes, but a National one? Seriously? Of course, Labour wouldn't make it compulsory only for beneficiaries - that kind of extra little vindictive twist is a National specialty.
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