Stuff’s polls aren’t usually known for their left-wing bias. Indeed there’s a tendency for them to pitch the other way. Which is why I clicked on the results button for their latest (self-selected) poll with some trepidation. after all the question was “Should doctors be encouraged to question unemployed patients on their career goals?”
Once again New Zealanders have shown that they aren’t the conservative bennie bashers that beltway types think they are. And that’s despite the right being given a free run with their anti-beneficiary narrative for the last 25 years.
As I’ve said again and again, despite the views of so many privileged beltway types “middle New Zealand” isn’t a synonym for “bigot”.
There’s a strong and enduring vein of progressive egalitarianism that runs through this country. It’s something the left should take hope from.