A series of graphs from the Social Report. First off, the unemployment rate
as the country got poorer under National, unemployment rose, incomes fell, and and the poverty rate rose, compounded by National’s cut benefits and its choice to let inflation eat up the minimum wage
unemployment, poverty, and growing social inequalities place a society under stress. That increases the likelihood that people will behave in tragic ways.
These things do not just happen and they are not just the actions of ‘evil’ people who deserve punishment; they are social phenomena linked to the health of a society. Full employment and raising incomes for the poor are the best ways to keep our society healthy and reduce such tragic events. Worth keeping in mind when we come to vote.