Am I the only one who is upset, over mealy mouthed politicians making flowery speeches saying “We will remember them”
when they manifestly don’t.
“Remembering them” by making sure their grandchildren lack housing, health care, education, and a future.
I doubt the the Maori Battalion fought so that most of their Tamariki in Northland can be jobless, homeless and without hope.
Anzac day is when New Zealand and Australia remember the sacrifices of soldiers and civilians in past wars. When we remember the sacrifices, for our country, of young people in the First World War, Second world war and imperial adventures since.
Much is made by commentators of how our troops fought for “freedom” against Germany in WW1, Hitler and the Nazi’s in World War Two, and against the “communist” aggressors in Korea and Vietnam.
The “troops’ made it clear what sort of world they were fighting for in the Desert Parliament in the Second World War.
Removing despots and dictators and A better life for themselves and their children.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10879584 The desert parliament was closed by the army superior officers when it started to come up with” radical notions” like taxing excessive wealth, equality and workers’ rights.
I am sure our troops were not fighting for this.
“New Zealand government to extend spy agency’s powers” http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/make-submission/51SCFDT_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL60721_1/countering-terrorist-fighters-legislation-bill
“New Zealand’s National Party-led government is preparing to use a report into illegal activities by the secretive Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) to hand the agency previously prohibited powers to spy on citizens and residents.”
Spying on ordinary citizens just like the Gestapo, Stasi and KGB.
Our democracy being bought by a few wealthy people.
“Free Trade” taking jobs and lowering incomes.
“What a pity isn’t it, that New Zealand, in a fit of ideological madness, unilaterally removed almost all tariffs decades ago, giving us nothing to bargain with except, shamefully, trading on the lives of our soldiers in South Korea, Afghanistan, Iran and Europe”.
Increasing inequality and poverty in countries that are rich enough to give a living income to every citizen, and still retain incentives to achieve.
Privatisation of public utilities and goods so that private profiteers could benefit from the infrastructure the public has paid for.
Or Cuts in work rights.
“In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistle-blowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake.
“We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.”
For the Obama administration read New Zealand’s Government.
I am ashamed that, in our country of plenty, John A Lee’s, “Children of the Poor” is again a reality. And those who lead us do not care.
When they could.
I am bloody sure that is NOT! “What our soldiers fought for!“