This National government actively closes its eyes to the truths that it doesn’t want to hear. All manner of evidence on education, social welfare, the environment, climate change, dirty politics, is regularly denigrated or denied. Bill English is the latest. The truth that he wishes to deny comes from the OECD, here as reported by RNZ:
NZ gap between rich and poor growing
New Zealand has had one of the fastest growing rates of income inequality among the world’s richest countries, according to analysis by a leading economic think-tank.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report says the countries with the biggest increases in income gaps are New Zealand, Finland, Israel, Sweden, and America.
Its analysis shows inequality has a significant impact on a country’s growth, and suggests New Zealand has lost 10 percentage points of economic growth as a result.
The report says policymakers need to be concerned about the bottom 40 percent of the population, and taxes and benefits are the best way to redistribute income. OECD economist and report co-author Michael Förster said the long-held belief that there was an automatic trickle-down effect of wealth has proven not to be true. “There needs to be more of a focus on the immediate redistributive effects which is basically taxes and transfers.”
As usual right-wing ideology is contradicted by the facts, so the facts must be denied:
Finance Minister Bill English disputes an OECD report that says the growing gap between rich and poor in New Zealand is leading to lower overall economic growth.
Dispute it he does, but he provides no evidence, just the usual lies and platitudes.
Right-wingers recently got all hot and bothered about the idea of “recall elections”. Perhaps we do need them, not for the scandal of a Mayor having a bathroom, but for governments that systematically and cynically deny the truth, to the detriment of us all.