If this doesn’t make your stomach turn…
… you are made of sterner stuff than I.
This, evidently is a priority;
This, evidently, is not a priority;
Bill English said, about the loan to the IMF,
“ As a small, open economy, we benefit significantly from a stable and prosperous global economy. “
This blogger wonders if Mr English would also agree with this,
“ As a small, open economy, we benefit significantly from healthy, well-fed, well-clothed, well-educated children, irrespective of what kind of parents or families they might come from? “
Once upon a time, National made a big deal out of supporting children from low-income families,
In 2007, John Key voiced his concern at child poverty,
” I am told Wesley Primary, like so many schools in New Zealand, has too many kids turning up hungry.
“We’re putting Tasti and Wesley Primary together. This is a fantastic first step. In addition to this, Tasti has indicated they may wish to expand their generous donation of food to other schools in need, and we’ll be looking to facilitate that.
“We all instinctively know that hungry kids aren’t happy and healthy kids.”
“I want this to be the first of many schools and businesses that we put together. I’m interested in what works and I am humbled by the support this idea has received already. We are going to put together the package while in Opposition. We are not waiting to be in Government, because all our kids deserve better.”
Unfortunately, there was a hitch,
It appears that Key’s food-in-schools plan was more of a publicity-stunt than a carefully-researched policy. As Phil Goff (whose electorate it was), said.
“”If he had visited the area first he might have been better aware of the situation.
“To suggest this school needed a food programme before consulting them in the first instance really only suggests this is part of a political stunt.”
And Key’s response was perhaps the first indication that he was not above ‘bending the truth’ to extricate himself from a tricky situation,
” Mr Key said Ms Parkin’s attitude had changed since he spoke to her on Friday.
“I think what you can assume is that there’s been influence from the ministry, from the Labour Party,” he said. “
Yeah, right, Dear Leader. Everyone tells fibs except you?
Needless to say, once National took office a year later, the issue of hungry children in our schools disappeared from John Key’s consciousness. In fact, his attitude seemed to change 180 degrees,
Unfortunately, as countless media stories; government reports; international reports; NGO reports, etc, state – child poverty is still growing in New Zealand.
Calls for governmental funding for school meals have fallen on deaf ears.
But National has the resources to offer $1.26 billion to the International Monetary Fund for bail-outs. And make no mistake – such bail-outs don’t go to ordinary Greek or Spanish citizens. They go to propping up failing banks. Or loans to governments.
Imagine – just for a moment – what we could achieve with $1.26 billion. Imagine, every child fed and well-clothed and with good healthcare. Imagine every child from a low-income family given the best education money could buy.
Imagine eliminating an entire under-class in one generation.
As John Lennon sang, “Imagine... “
Can you imagine it?
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For a better New Zealand…
~ Cleaner rivers
~ No deep-sea oil drilling
~ Less on Roads - more on Rail
~ A Living wage at $18.40/hr
~ Marriage equality - Yay! Got that one!
~ Strong, effective Unions
~ No secret free-trade deals
~ Breakfast/lunches in our schools
~ Introducing Civics into our school curriculum
~ Cut back on the liquor industry
~ A fairer, progressive tax system
~ Fully funded, free healthcare
~ Ditto for education, including Tertiary
~ Fund Pharmac for Pompe's Disease medication & other 'orphan' drugs
~ No state asset sales!
~ Rebuild public TV broadcasting!
~ Keeping farms in local ownership
~ Reduce poverty, like we reduced the toll for road-fatalities
~ Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
~ Being nice to each other
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- A letter to the editor…
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- The ChCh by-election – a letter to the editor…
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- Geoff Robinson – an era ends.
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