Thursday, October 30, 2014

If you can fake sincerity, you've got it made

Vernon Small considers it "testament to the prime minister's political savvy" that he declared alleviating child poverty a top priority of his third term in government, but adds "Whether he and his ministers have the answers, though, is less certain..."

Oh, I think we can be certain about it.  Key's new-found interest in child poverty amounts to a breathtaking act of political cynicism - once the dust's settled on the election, it'll be back to not giving a shit.

Here's why:  to do something about child poverty, you need to reduce unemployment to the point where only the certifiably-unemployable are unemployed, make sure that the work that is available consists largely of full-time work, not casual zero-hour contracts for mcjobs, and make sure that full-time employment pays enough to live on (in terms of both wage levels and living costs like, duh, housing).  It's only once you've got those sorted that you can force wasters off benefits without just swapping beneficiaries for beggars, junkies and petty crims.

So, who among our readership envisages John Key embarking on an immediate and urgent programme of growth in full-time employment, stable working conditions, higher wages and lower housing costs?  All of these are the exact opposite of National's political interests.  As the party of employers, property owners and farmers, National's interest is in maintaining a significant level of unemployment, keeping wages and working conditions as low as possible, and ensuring that property values consistently increase.  Child poverty is an inevitable outcome of the successful pursuit of those interests, so there's no way for Key to do anything about child poverty while remaining true to National's constituency.

My money's on a continued determination to avoid any attempt to actually measure poverty, while mounting a vigorous campaign to force people off benefits.  Just watch - "reduced number on benefits" will be how the government chooses to measure progress on this issue.


Jamie said...

Some people would rob their mother for the ends
Rat snitch on one another for the ends
Sometimes kids get murdered for the ends
So before we go any further I want my ends

I knew this cat named Dale
Who didn't have a dollar
He was Harvard material
Ivy League scholar
Had a PHD
But now he's waitin' tables 'cause there's rent to pay
Company's down sizin'
Inflation's risin'
Can't find a job
He's feelin' kind of stressed
Doesn't even feel the effects when he says
Forgot to count how many times he's been blessed
So he falls off track
Starts smokin' the crack
And once it hits his brain
It starts a chain react
Sells the shirt off his back
The shoes off his feet
He's losin' all his teeth
Now he's out on the street
And all of the sudden he's like Jesse James
Tryin' to stick up kids for their watches and chains
But he's from business school
And he's nervous with the tool
So he ends up on his back in a bloody pool
For the ends


I knew this chick named Sally
She had a nice strut
And everywhere that I went she was up in the cut
Swingin' that butt like "place your ad here"
Only rapped the Benz
And rocked the fly gear
Brand name wearin'Champagne wavin'
Jewels around the neck
A lotta style she's cravin'
Ain't no savin'
She's doin' all the spendin'
If you do the lendin'
She'll do the bendin'
Straight machine vendin'
That's money for tail
Shoppin' sprees get her on her knees
And then you hit her with the keys of your krib you actin' funny
Come home one day find her countin' out your money
From the Wetlands all the way to the Apollo
If you broke she's spittin'
If you're rich she might swallow
For the ends


I knew these two homeboys
That made a lot of noise
Makin' money on the block
The kids was on their jock
They was tougher than leather
Like Reverend Run
DMC they was tokin' guns
Hold and wait
Goin' out of state
Stackin' mad chips
And pushin' phat wears
Fly jewels and clothes
And got no job
And then one disappeared
And one got robbed
For the ends



Jamie said...

Paranormal said...

Milt we can both agree that Key's brilliant or cynical (or both) cry to child poverty was just to pull the rug further out from under the left.

Whatever the definition of 'child poverty' actually is and what the causes of it are is probably where we'll differ. Although there is probably a fair bit of common ground around those that breed for revenue.

macdoctor said...

It's only once you've got those sorted that you can force wasters off benefits without just swapping beneficiaries for beggars, junkies and petty crims.

and you have evidence that beneficiaries are being forced to become "beggars, junkies and petty crims"?

Thought not.

Psycho Milt said...

Well, there could of course be some plausible innocent explanation for why the Minister is so careful to refer to people "coming off welfare" rather than "finding work," but then there could also be fairies at the bottom of my garden.

Lindsay Mitchell said...

Youth on benefit numbers are down.
Youth crime is down (notwithstanding there may be some statistical manipulation going on. It's very difficult to assess when processes and approaches change).

There's a causative link between welfare and crime largely due to change in family formation, disaffection of males, and reduced incomes.