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If anyone is still under the cherished illusion that New Zealand is any longer the egalitarian society that our forebears worked hard to create… then those folk are not paying attention.

When the richest man is worth $6.5 billion – one billion more than last year – whilst schools in low socio-economic areas are having to re-introduce school milk, one needs to ask;  “what is wrong with this picture?”.


At The ‘Coal Face’…



For those of us with a good memory, we may recall the late 1990s, and the worsening gap between the highest 10% of income earners, and those near the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. We may recall the social services that had been wound back; low taxes for the rich; and worsening social indicators at almost every level.

On 3 April 1998, Southland dairy farmer Colin Morrison (42) died on a waiting list, awaiting a triple heart bypass surgery. In death, Mr Morrison symbolised everything that was terribly wrong with the health system in the late 1990s.  Public anger mounted as an unpopular government seemed unable to respond to concerns that our public services were being run down in the name of “efficiency”.

Little wonder that there was a 11.55% swing toward Labour in the 1999 General election – the electorate had had a gutsful of neoliberal policies resulting in growing inequality and social problems that seemingly went unheeded.

We are moving along that road, once again.

The question is; will we have to have for another term of National/ACT before New Zealanders once again tire of neoliberal policies that promise so much – and deliver so little?

– Thursday, 28 July 2011


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GP hits out at health reforms

Died waiting for by-pass

Word today on heart list

Anger on heart op delay



  1. Last Chance
    7 November 2011 at 9:58 pm

    And this country wants to keep this govt in power. What chemical is being put into the public water systems that is killing the little grey cells?
    I blame the merry-go-round that demands both parents work so useless luxuries can be purchased.

    We have become a very sad selfish country.

    • 7 November 2011 at 11:43 pm

      When I was a kid, in the 1960s, dad used to go out to work and earn a wage. Mum worked at home, raising me and my siblings. We could manage back then on one pay.

      Now, both parents (if there are two – god knows how one, on his/her own do it!) are in the paid-workforce, and costs still outstrip incomes. We seem to be chasing our own tails and getting nowhere in the process (except further into debt). Perhaps this best illustrates what has been happening to our society in the last 40 or so years?

  1. 4 November 2011 at 1:16 am

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