The rate of third world disease in this country is a crime. A crime against the poor perpetrated by the rich. They call it neoliberalism – the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the capitalist elite. They didn’t set out to make kids sick and kill them but it was an inevitable result of their actions and they don’t care. Now, what’s Labour’s take?
The widening health gap between New Zealand’s rich and poor has been highlighted in leading international medical journal The Lancet – and has been labelled by health professionals as a “sad indictment of the powerful”.
Labour health spokeswoman Maryan Street said the Lancet was “hugely prestigious”, and the implications of having New Zealand’s policies questioned in it were serious.
“People will be shocked that New Zealand has these kinds of problems. It will be a hit on our reputation and that is a shame,” she said.
You think the ‘shame’ is that people in other countries might view us less favourably because they they read bad things about us in a journal, Maryan? You don’t think that the shame is maybe, I don’t know, that our kids are dying of third world diseases in and of itself?
This is what they mean when they talk about Labour being disconnected. Too many elitists who appear to see things first and foremost in terms of reputation, power, and statistics, not the real world effects on real people – the people Labour is meant who represent, whom it wants to vote for it.
It’s this approach that, I think, is one of the reasons that people worry that they can’t trust Labour because there’s no fixed values underlying it, just a desire to be popular. Yes, in this instance Street is critical of a bad thing but even a broken clock is right twice a day. How do we know about next time?