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2:53 pm, April 18th, 2016 - 349 comments
Categories: accountability, bill english, election 2017, john key, national - Tags: hopeless, Jane Bowron, kick them out, panama papers, tax evasion
Jane Bowron writes in the Dominion Post:
‘Hopeless’ comment a sign of a tired Government
Two things happened this week that could signal the beginning of the end of John Key and his government.
Firstly, Finance Minister Bill English made the reckless comment at a Federated Farmers meeting that there was a cohort of Kiwis who couldn’t get a licence “because they are illiterate and don’t look to be employable” and added insult to injury and bad grammar by saying that the unemployed were “pretty damned hopeless” and couldn’t read or write properly.
After eight years in the saddle, to have English admit that under National’s watch the Government was turning out people who were illiterate and had trouble reading and writing, was an admission that the Government’s education policy has failed the country. Believing he was speaking to the party faithful (the Feds) whom he imagined might like to feel less guilty about employing immigrants over Kiwis to do poorly paid work and put up with lousy work conditions, English sounded like a 17th century absentee English landowner slinging off at his Irish tenants.
The gap between rich and poor is now so wide that the Government feels comfortable writing off the unemployed and washing their hands of any part in their increasing demise. This cavalier marginalisation of the unemployed will not go down well with parents across every demographic who anguish over their children struggling to find employment – with or without an education, and to the thousands of workers who have been made redundant and are busting their guts to find any sort of work.
The second factor has been well covered recently:
Secondly, the leader of the smug third term Government got very defensive about revelations that little old New Zealand has become ‘that country’, a place where rich foreigners can feel free to stash their loot to escape paying taxes back home.
And the conclusion?
Here the untouchables are the wealthy and their friends in high places helping them out with tax avoidance. Let’s kick them out.