Mike Hosking on “Baby Girl”

Mike Hosking excoriates Labour for its inept campaign pamphlet that made mothers feel threatened:

he leaflet says, alongside a picture of an anxious looking baby, that under National you won’t be around to celebrate.

There is some debate that doesn’t outline all the various options under National and the other changes. But what it implicitly implies, and where it shows Labour to be so badly out of touch with the bulk of middle New Zealand, is that it presents a view of work as negative.

The message is, if you work, you don’t spend enough time with your kids, that being a parent of a one-year-old means you shouldn’t have a job because that somehow is bad.

They’re against, although not in this particular leaflet, the other National Party moves, that the parent of a five-year-old must be available for part time work, and the parent of a 14-year-old must be available for full time work.

Labour wants no limits to benefits. They support literary [sic] sitting around home collecting state money forever.

Mike Hosking really nails it with that last line. Labour really do want to throw money at the indigent. They need to ditch this policy and ditch it fast because Chris Trotter’s Waitakere Man really hate this sort of stuff.

If you are so inclined, and some are, sadly, hence the National Party moves, there is no imperative to ever find work as long as you have kids, thus the concept of work is painted as negative.

The idea of a job is not positive to life, it’s detrimental.

When your child turns one, if you have to work you, according to Labour, will not be there to celebrate, as though somehow, work removes you forever from the home.

Your work day never ends, no one who ever got a job ever saw their kids again. It’s insulting to all of us who actually earn our way in the world, and as we collectively could testify, our children are no worse off for the experience.

In fact, there is a good argument that says they’re better off given they are learning by example.

When Mum and Dad work, they contribute. Mum and Dad have skills and challenges, and hopes and aspirations.

The children of parents who work, are shown that the world is an exciting place where all things are possible if you put your mind to it – where good work ethic is rewarded.

What does a child of a parent who is happy to collect Labour’s lifetime solo parent money make of their Mum or Dad?

And why would it then be unsurprising to see them recreate that attitude for the next generation.

It appears that Labour’s policies are for the benefit of the work-shy and indigent and not for the people who have to pay the bills of their largesse. This is why Labour sits locked in the low 20s in the polls.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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