Today’s big announcement from Paula Bennett at the National Party Conference was that those on the run from police will have their benefits stopped.
But the question needs to be asked: how many people on the run are collecting the benefit? (Even if they’re on the benefit, are they collecting it? Isn’t that giving the police clues as to where they are?)
How much will this policy change save compared to the amount we spent on Paula & her advisors to come up with it? The amount it will cost for parliament to spend time passing the law?
So is this really about a serious problem, or is this just another beneficiary-bashing dog-whistle from the Queen of them? Part of the continued demonisation of beneficiaries, of reducing the moral worth of those unfortunate enough to end up bottom of the heap.
A distraction to give us someone to hate, rather than focus on what National’s doing to our economy, our assets, our country, as they ramp up inequality and the privilege of the few over the many.