If it is this column is a cracker. Titled “Government contempt too overwhelming to ignore” it deserves to be read. A more brutal put down of this Government is hard to imagine.
It starts like this:
Shortly after the explosions at Pike River in November 2010, John Key stood “in solidarity” with those who had lost loved ones in the disaster – 29 men; fathers, brothers and sons.
The speech he gave at the remembrance service was moving. In it, he talked about the pain of a close-knit community losing so many lives far too young; about the burden of growing up without a father, and about the beauty of the Paparoa Ranges where the men lie. He spoke of their retrieval, and of efforts to get to the bottom of that terrible disaster.
Not four years later, and at a meeting to hear from the Pike River families about the special, personal importance to them of strong health and safety laws in New Zealand workplaces, not one National Party MP was present.
Not only that, but strong workplace safety laws look to have been watered down by the unholy influence of the party’s friends in business, in my opinion spurred on by the particular disdain the Nats hold for anyone – be they public health advocates, unions, civil servants, scientists or anyone else – with views that discomfit their friends.
People have asked me over the years why my columns have become more strident in tone; more “biased against” the Government. The answer’s that the examples of contempt for the public, hypocrisy, and flat-out bulls***tery have become too overwhelming to ignore.
Don’t hold back Dita!
She believes the Government’s biggest failure is in housing.
I think of all the failures of governance we witness; one of the worst has to be in housing – from extracting an absurdly high dividend from Housing New Zealand, to the demonisation of state house tenants and beneficiaries, to zero effort given to get house price inflation under control, to the active incentivising of huge investment property portfolios, many of those held by National Party ministers, it is completely misguided.
It is sad that the largest paper in the country no longer has the need for her talents. Hopefully her passion will appear somewhere else.