It started with me agreeing wholeheartedly with Fran about youth unemployment. Now I can add Garth George and Bruce Sheppard to this strange confluence of opinions.
For a start Garth George has provided one of the few decent media critiques of Brash’s batshit crazy proposal:
The description of the report by Finance Minister Bill English as “too radical” is the final absurdity. The report is not just too radical; it is economic and social bullshit, a serious waste of taxpayers’ money, and every copy should be recycled into toilet paper.
And now Bruce Sheppard is calling for something very closely resembling class war:
The only way to deal with people who comply with the law but cause others loss while they themselves are enriched, is to cut them out of our society. Make the environment hostile for them, abuse them in the street. If you own a business make them unwelcome on your premises. Make it real hard for them to continue living in our society other than as a leper.
I’ve always considered myself to be a rational social democrat (with an emphasis toward the socialist end of that spectrum) so finding myself in agreement with these rightwing loonies is, as you can imagine, extremely concerning.
It’s like a world gone crazy.