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Letter to the Editor: more bene-bashing by desperate Nats?

In response to this recent headline…

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House call plan to nab benefit fraudsters

Source

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FROM:     “f.macskasy”
SUBJECT: Letters to the editor
DATE:      Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:06:45 +1300
TO:            Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>

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The Editor
DOMINION POST

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The Nats are at it again; another ’bout of beneficiary-bashing, as Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows announces Stasi-style “visits” to the homes of solo-mothers to ensure they are still single.

To add insult to injury, Borrows uses Orwellian double-speak to make it sound as if the ‘government is here to help’ with platitudes like this,

” I imagine people respond in different ways. Hopefully they will see it as the department being helpful.

Relationships could develop quickly and some people might not be aware of their obligation to tell Work and Income. [It is] saying, ‘Are you still in the right space and have you still got what you need?’ “

Oh, very helpful. Spying on the poorest and most vulnerable in our society who are trying to raise a family. And all the while couching it in mealy-mouthed, warm fuzzy terms.

Meanwhile millionaires get away with $6 billion in tax fraud.

The Nats must be in serious trouble with their internal polling and their disastrous result in the recent Christchurch East by-election.

Otherwise, why default to their usual beneficiary bashing? What are they trying to deflect public attention from?

A lack of jobs, maybe?

-Frank Macskasy

(address & phone number supplied)

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References

Dominion Post: House call plan to nab benefit fraudsters

Gordon Campbell: Ten Myths About Welfare – The politics behind the government’s welfare reform process

TV3: Courts tougher on benefit fraud than tax dodging – study

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  1. Deb Kean
    4 December 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Oh good grief, I heard about that on the radio, but yours is the first comment I have seen on it. Was your letter published?
    Deb

    • 4 December 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Too early to tell yet, Debs. It may appear in the next two or three days…

      • Deb Kean
        5 December 2013 at 4:16 pm

        I hope so! Do let us know if it does,
        Deb

        • 6 December 2013 at 9:12 am

          It was published today, Deb! 🙂

          • Deb Kean
            6 December 2013 at 7:23 pm

            Brilliant! That’s good to know,
            Deb

  1. 6 December 2013 at 8:19 am
  2. 13 December 2013 at 8:01 am

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