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Letter to the editor – John Key’s legacy?

25 July 2015 5 comments

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Frank Macskasy - letters to the editor - Frankly Speaking

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: NZ Herald <letters@herald.co.nz>
date: Fri, Jul 24, 2015
subject: Letter to the editor

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The editor
NZ Herald

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Past Prime Ministers have created legacies that have marked their contribution to this country.

Michael Joseph Savage set up the welfare system and State housing, to alleviate the very worst poverty New Zealand was facing during the Great Depression. Savage would not tolerate the ravages of poverty in a country of plenty like New Zealand.

Norman Kirk’s tenure as Prime Minister was tragically cut short due to illness, but during his brief service to this country, he was instrumental in making our opposition to French atomic bomb testing in the South Pacific known to the world. We became a world leader in opposing atomic weapons, gradually moving humanity from the insanity of a thermonuclear war.

David Lange built on Norman Kirk’s legacy, and announced to the world that New Zealand would become Nuclear Free. Under his watch, gay equality took a giant step forward, removing homosexuality as a criminal offence – something we now take for granted in the 21st century.

What will John Key’s legacy be to this country? Addressing pressing problems surrounding child poverty? Leading the world once again in environmental issues such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

No, it appears that our esteemed Prime Minister’s legacy is predicated on changing our flag.

Not exactly what one might call a pressing problem of our generation.

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-Frank Macskasy

 

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Skipping voting is not rebellion its surrender

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

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A Tale of Two Prime Ministers…

What we once had…

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And what we have now…

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Meanwhile…

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Government told there’s no excuse for child poverty

3:23 PM Saturday Jul 20, 2013
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Photo / Getty Images

The government’s being told there’s no excuse for its failure to act on the high number of children living in poverty.

The Child Poverty Action Group says latest figures show one quarter of all New Zealand children are living below the poverty line.

Its convener, Associate Professor Mike O’Brien, says that hasn’t changed from a year ago.

He says that may not be surprising, as the government hasn’t done anything to make any difference.”We’ve seen enough material from a whole range of sources to know the extent of child poverty and I guess I would have expected there would have been really concerted effort from the government to respond to some of those reports and the data that we now have.”

Dr O’Brien says New Zealand’s high rate of child poverty damages the country’s international reputation.

Source: NZ Herald – Government told there’s no excuse for child poverty

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As the next election looms, it is time to mobilise and fight. We can have a decent society again. And by god, I’ll be doing my bit.

 

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