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Will this individual’s personal file be read out in Parliament by Paula Bennett?
Will this beneficiary’s sex life be investigated by WINZ as grounds for disqualification?
Will this beneficiary be required to go to through an endless round of “Work Ready Assessments”?
Will this beneficiary’s neighbours be asked by WINZ to spy on them?
Will the contents of their shopping trolley be scrutinised by check out operators to make sure they are not buying any “treats” for their children?
Will this benefit be canceled without notice if this beneficiary misses or is late for one of their job ‘re-training’ appointments?
Will this beneficiary be called on to provide all their banking account details to WINZ?
Will this beneficiary be required to provide proof of no other income?
Will they be required to wait the statutory stand down period before receiving their benefit?
Will this beneficiary have to wait two hours in a queue at WINZ with all the other deserving cases for government support, only to be told that their paper work had been lost and could they come back tomorrow?
Will this idler have to prove that they are actively engaged in seeking work?
If they can’t prove this, will their benefit be withheld?
(The usual criteria when seeking financial support from the government, to prove hardship, you have to show you have no other means of support, or savings or investments. In this case individual’s case this criteria seems to have been waived, so I won’t even ask, whether this beneficiary will be required to show proof of any other income or means of support.)
In an unrelated story from yesterday’s news, a rich businessman loses $70 million in a bad investment.
But luckily for him the Minister was so personally touched by his sad story that the government have decided to make up his loss, plus generously give him another $30 million on top for hurt feelings.
On behalf of all taxpayers, I would like to take this opportunity to pen a public thank you letter to express our collective gratitude, for letting us make up this unfortunate man’s loss:
Dear Mr Kerr,
We can only hope that this small gesture from us all, will make up for all your suffering.
Yours in Gratitude,
PS. I am sure a Knight Hood or other Crown Honour will be winging your way shortly.
Is New Zealand not the most humane and generous Welfare State in the world, where citizens like your George Kerr are protected from the inhuman vicissitudes of deregulated market forces?”
Shame on all those petty naysayers who criticise our Social Welfare system for being unnecessarily intrusive, judgmental and condemnatory, with benefits grudgingly given and miserly.