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Some more repetitive bene-bashing & a reply

From the letters to the editor page in the Dominion Post, on 8 August – a letter to the editor I took exception to;


Amanda Purdy - Dominion Post - 8 August 2013

Amanda Purdy – Dominion Post – 8 August 2013


My reply to Ms Purdy,


from:     Frank Macskasy
to:     Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date:     Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM
subject:     letter to the editor


The Editor
It’s a shame that Ms Purdy mistakenly conflates the worthy issue of workplace safety with that of denigrating the unemployed. (8 Aug)

Since when have those who’ve been made redundant since 2008 become ‘druggies’? This is what she is suggesting with the blanket statement, “smoke dope or work but we can’t expect the taxpayer to fund people who smoke dope”.

Is she suggesting that those laid off from Summit Wool Spinners, Southern Institute of Technology, Geon Group, Ellerslie TAB,  Department of Conservation, Telecom, Park Road Post,  Fonterra, Fisher Funds, Ministry of Justice, NZ Post,  Solid Energy, Delta Utility Services, Canterbury Spinners, WINZ, Holcim Cement, Oringi Freezingworks, Tiwai Smelter, etc, etc – have all suddenly acquired a taste for cannabis?

These people are not dope-heads. They are all Ms Purdy’s fellow New Zealanders – victims of a global financial crisis they had no hand in making, and which is still making it’s effects felt throughout our society and economy.

If Ms Purdy is concerned about workplace safety – as is the CTU – then drug test everyone. No exceptions.

That includes politicians and letter writers like Ms Purdy and myself.

Otherwise she is simply repeating, ad nauseum, National’s desperate  bene-bashing  distractions, to avoid responsibility for rising unemployment.


-Frank Macskasy
(address & phone number supplied)


Meanwhile, unemployment has risen from 6.2% to 6.4%, according to the most recent Household Labour Force Survey,


Economists play down jobless rise

Source: NZ Herald – Economists play down jobless rise


Another 5,000 drug-users according to people like Ms Purdy?



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  1. 8 August 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Can I please ask you not to use the term “bene” to describe beneficiaries? When referring to beneficiary bashing then please use that term.

  2. Priss
    8 August 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Frank – – excellent reply! I hope they publish your letter. Please let us know if they do!!

    Miles – – Maybe we need to reclaim the term “bene”, just as Gays and Lesbians have reclaimed “queer” for themselves? Don’t let the Right own the argument or the terms!

  3. Neil McCormick
    9 August 2013 at 12:18 am

    Don’t know what she does – but her hubby works at the NZ Qualifications Authority and their son works at Bordeaux Bakery……

    • Leftie Lenny
      9 August 2013 at 3:09 am


  1. 9 August 2013 at 5:40 am

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