“It’s not that, it’s people who don’t look after their children, that’s the problem.
“And they can’t look after their children in many cases because they don’t know how to look after their children or even think they should look after their children.”
“I see a poverty of ideas, a poverty of parental responsibility, a poverty of love, a poverty of caring.”
As the MP for Papakura, she saw a lot of those problems in south Auckland, she said.
“And I can tell you it is not just a lack of money, it is primarily a lack of responsibility.
“I know that is not PC, but, you know, that’s me.”
It seems that on planet Judith it is all the parents fault. She does not explain however what parents are meant to be doing. After all with 40% of kids living in poverty has parents who are working it is clear that the causes are with wages and systems and the cost of housing and nothing to do with supposed personal frailties that the parents may or may not have.
It is clear that Collins was on the defensive when she made her comments. She was asked a question which noted the UN report on child poverty and how this was resulting in kids being assimilated into gangs and asked if the Government was doing enough. Her initial response was to question what the UN had ever done to address child poverty in New Zealand. She then launched her attack on the parents. Keep it classy Judith.
At the beginning of the current term John Key warned against National MPs being arrogant and out of touch. Yesterday Judith Collins showed how arrogant and out of touch with reality was.