Tomorrow is the first day of Parliament for the year, so I’m picking we’ll see John Key’s annual passing mention of the ‘underclass’. You remember Key’s promise to make lifting the underclass his priority, eh? Well, Key doesn’t. He has abandoned Aroha Nathan after using her for PR and now says he can’t do anything for the poor.
The last time Key spoke about the underclass was at the opening of Parliament last year (after I wrote this post). We’ll see another passing mention of New Zealand’s poorest this year and then nothing as the Nats continue with their agenda to enrich the rich.
Campbell Live revealed last week that Aroha, the little girl that Key used for photo-ops to show himself as a ‘compassionate conservative’, has not benefited from Key’s rule and neither have her former neighbours in McGehan Close (I say ‘former’ because Aroha is now in CYFS care).
As Aroha’s mum puts it “[I like him] as a person but [politically] he’s an arse-hole. He’s just looked after the high-income people and abandoned the low-income”
Key refused to participate in the Campbell Live story but the question of his delivery on the commitments he made to the underclass were put to him by Corin Dann on Breakfast this morning (what a breath of fresh air Dann is after Paul Henry).
Key essentially shrugged his shoulders: ‘That’s recession, baby, the poor get screwed’ (or words to that effect). He then shrugged his shoulders on the question of his economic management and whether New Zealand has fallen back into recession.
Of course he shrugs his shoulders. The fate of the poor and even economic recession don’t really touch Key and his class. You see, Aroha’s mum has it right. Key has abandoned the underclass and looked after the rich like himself. Very few of them lost their jobs anyway and Key has handed the top 1% of earners an average tax cut of $16,000 and himself a tax cut of $24,000 just on his PM’s salary. That’s more than the ‘underclass’ earn in a year, handed to the already extremely rich.
Key’s political persona ‘Brand Key’, all that ‘smile and wave’ stuff, is about distracting from the fundamental truth that his government is all about enriching the rich and screwing the poor. The problem for him is that the persona is wearing thin, with his latest antics once again making our Prime Minister the subject of international ridicule.
And if he doesn’t have the persona, what does he have? Just an appalling economic record and a trail of broken promises.