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Letter to the Editor: It must be beneficiary-bashing day in Christchurch today

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It must be Bene-bashing Day in the Garden City today…

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To clean up our streets, sex workers must go

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Specifically, Yardley wrote,

“In fact, most street walkers are really sticking it to the taxpayer, by concurrently drawing a benefit.”

To which I replied with this observation,

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FROM:    "f.macskasy" 
SUBJECT:  Letters to the editor
DATE:     Thu, 15 May 2014 08:44:35 +1200
TO:      "The Press" <letters@press.co.nz>

 

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The editor
"The Press"


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Mike Yardley's diatribe against sex-workers,along with a
swipe at social welfare, reads more like a Destiny Church
sermon than any credible piece of journalism. (13 May)

His claim that "most street walkers are really sticking it
to the taxpayer, by concurrently drawing a benefit" is not
sustained by any facts or figures. He simply throws it into
the argument without any factual context.

How many are "most street walkers" - 51%? 52%? 53? etc?

And how does he know? Are there any MSD/WINZ figures he has
accessed? Or has he surveyed every single sex-workers in
Christchurch?

Or, more likely, is he simply relying on cliches and
stereotypes without any reference to facts?

I don't know what Mike Yardley had in mind when he wrote his
piece, but it certainly wasn't journalism.


-Frank Macskasy
[address & phone number supplied]

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It seems that employing the tactic of suggesting benefit-fraud is now a useful tool to validate any  argument? Is this the welfare version of Godwin’s Law?

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References

The Press:  To clean up our streets, sex workers must go

Wikipedia: Godwin’s Law


 

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Skipping voting is not rebellion its surrender

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

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  1. Deb Kean
    15 May 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Exactly my thought when I first read what he has said – “how does he know?”
    Deb

    • 15 May 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Oh, I was sorely tempted to add to my letter, “I hope his ‘expenses’ were reimbursed…” 😀

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