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Portrait of a Clueless Politician

This is a joy to watch.

A politician is asked a very, very simple question that had never occurred to him.

Perhaps it shows one thing; some politicians enact bad laws and policies based – not on other people’s realities – but on their perceptions and prejudices.

This is what happens when one politician reveals his cluelessness on an issue he is going to legislate on…

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Acknowledgement: Upworth.com

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The same could apply to certain politicians here in New Zealand, whose policies have  not helped the poorest people in this country. Perhaps certain politician’s perceptions and prejudices might be at fault?

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Food parcel families made poor choices, says Key

Source: Food parcel families made poor choices, says Key

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Here’s a question for the Prime Minister; could he explain why someone on welfare; a low-wage job; or even an average income,   cannot afford to buy shares in Mighty River Power, Meridian, and Air New Zealand after they’ve paid their rent, power, phone, food, prescription fees, petrol, car rego, car WoF (or public transport), clothing, shoes, etc, etc…? Why can’t we afford to buy our own state assets?

Perhaps this might go some way to explain things. Whilst this is US-based, it most likely applies to New Zealand as well – especially since our wealth/wage gap continues to grow, despite John Key’s earnest promises in 2008,

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Acknowledgement: Upworth.com

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And the real question for the Prime Minister; does he think it is right that  the gap between the rich and the poor is widening? And if not – if he doesn’t think this is  right – why have things gotten worse in the last six years, instead of better, under his watch?

Why?

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 27 January 2014.

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References

NZ Herald: Food parcel families made poor choices, says Key

John Key: A Fresh Start for New Zealand

NZ Herald: Census data revealed: What we earn and how your pay rates

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