Poor DPF must feel like he’s through the looking glass these days. He’s got to defend a government that flip flopped on tax cut promises. He’s got to defend a leader that refuses to be open with the public (on why a Minister was sacked). He’s got to defend the blatant greed and hypocrisy of an MP, a deputy leader no less, dipping deep from the public trough. He’s got to defend an EFA that bears a strong resemblance to the death of democracy. And now he even has to defend a PM in a speeding motorcade! Basically, within a few short months, DPF has had to turn around and defend everything he has spent the last 5 years (incorrectly!) attacking. I’m surprised the cognitive dissonance doesn’t make his head explode.
No wonder he clings to some familiar territory when he can. Good old fashioned sexism. DPF doesn’t seem to be allowed to post so many boobie pictures these days, but the underlying attitude can still shine through, as in the opening words of this post: “I’ve finally discovered something useful done by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. They have published a study…”. The trolls get to work on the red meat, first comment in the thread “…this joke of a government department…” and so on.
Clearly Ministry of Women’s Affairs is useless in DPFs eyes. After all, they only represent and advocate for half of the population. Here’s some of the useless things this ministry did in 2008:
Making a difference elimination of violence against women
This year saw some significant steps towards our long-term aim of eliminating violence against women…
Our work to end family violence has continued. A milestone this year was the publication of Ministry-sponsored research on protection orders. This work has contributed strongly to the review of the Domestic Violence Act 1995, and should have a major impact on the safety of women.
Increasing real choice for women in employment
The gap between men’s and women’s pay rates, and incomes, is a major focus for the Ministry and drives much of our work in this area…
Challenges for women in governance
Our nominations service has a big challenge ahead, to support government to reach its goal of 50 percent participation of women on state sector boards and committees by 2010…
The process for New Zealand reporting progress on implementing its obligations under CEDAW continued with…
Engaging more strongly with women’s organisations and with women
This year we have increased our efforts to engage with and hear from those for whom we work the women of New Zealand. This has perhaps been most evident in our work on violence, especially in the way focus groups shaped our sexual violence research programme…
[and so on]
See summaries of other recent years here, and plans for the future here. Working to reduce violence against women, research to understand sexual violence, working to close the gender gap in pay, all of it useless in DPFs eyes? I can’t actually believe that he would really claim that. So why the throwaway sexist lines? Why the dismissive attitude to half of the population? Is the National Party happy that their semi-official blogger is alienating voters like this? I simply don’t understand it.
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