There’s been plenty of criticism about Labour’s policies not being effective enough to alleviate poverty.
Time for a bit of perspective.
You’ll probably remember the interview Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni gave with TVNZ last year.
But, as with most policy areas, COVID19 focused the Minister’s mind, and that of Treasury.
Labour’s Social Welfare Minister has had a hard time from the Child Poverty Action Group recently. Their task is necessarily unceasing.
But, as the Minister rightly notes, Labour have implemented a lot.
For just a few of the highlights:
Sure, there is plenty they didn’t do. Minister Sepuloni should keep taking the criticism, and fighting harder for her patch in Cabinet. That’s what you get paid for.
Of all the political capital they’ve accumulated, it’s sure time to spend some of it in social welfare.
And probably COVID19’s social and economic effects will confuse any causality of the collected policies to any change to the GINI Coefficient. Brutal damn year.
But that scale of positive social intervention never happened under National. Or Act.
Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni led this change, as did the Prime Minister herself.
It would have been a meaner, crueller, more damaged country without Labour’s social welfare policies; a very, very dark entry into the crisis we are in.
Social welfare is another portfolio for which Labour should be voted back in.