There’s an insidious little meme from the right going around: ‘our poverty rates aren’t so bad, look at India’. When did we start comparing ourselves to the 3rd world?
We should set the best countries as our benchmarks. The shame when, in a new doco, a Swedish doctor is shown images of some of the 25,000 Kiwi kids that get infections like rheumatic fever and scabies each year and says they haven’t seen such illness in Sweden since: “the 70s, maybe”.
5,000 more kids were admitted to hospital with avoidable conditions last year than in 2007.
We treat our kids like an expense, not an investment, and then we wonder why we have unhealthy, uneducated, unskilled adults and our country gets left behind.
We’re becoming a 3rd world country. And it’s 3rd world thinking that’s getting us there.
Only a vote for Labour, Greens, or Mana is going to get us the policies to attack poverty, which is holding our country back.