by Metiria Turei
Last month one-time Act party candidate and full time crusader against the DPB Lindsay Mitchell released a statement criticising National for not implementing their draconian pre-election welfare policy. According to Ms Mitchell, who writes from the leafy Wellington sea side suburb Eastbourne, what is needed is a bit more carrot and probably a rather large beneficiary bashing stick.
[National is] not delivering for people on benefits who need more carrot and stick to become self reliant.
Obviously unsettled that the small section of New Zealand society that enjoys beating up on those less fortunate was getting antsy Finance Minister Bill English started talking up getting invalids out to work last Sunday.
Now Bill wasn’t talking about those on the shorter term sickness benefit – Nope Bill was talking about those on the invalids benefit. Among those eligible to be on the invalids benefit are the terminally ill and completely blind.
Perhaps under National we will have blind and terminally ill people earning a crust selling flowers on the streets a la Victorian England.
However some people are never satisfied – particularly those that want to see invalid’s regularly work tested and out earning a crust – even though finding a job is becoming harder for completely able bodied kiwis.
You see Bill English thinks now is the best time to be getting invalids out there looking for jobs with unemployment yet to peak.
Three weeks ago – according to Bill English – New Zealand was going to take twenty years to recover but now a few weeks later it’s apparently the right economic time to be pushing the blind and terminally ill onto an ever-expanding labour market.