Re-thinking Welfare?

On Red Alert, in a post by Trevor Mallard, where he disingenuously suggests without mentioning it that Labour may look at rethinking the welfare state.

Cactus Kate leaps in and passes comment which in turn attracts more comments particularly one from SPG who suggests:

The poor must exist to either provide votes or cheap services to their betters.

Cactus Kate responds:

SPC they do, in third world countries providing cheap goods and services to NZs poor. Most earn less working 60 hrs a week than NZ beneficiaries do by sitting on the couch. That’s why even the left in the UK admits they have to look at welfare. It’s not working.

Which brings me to this image which was sent through the tipline:

It is the Emma Maersk, the largest ship in the world. By way of comparison the Emma Maersk is rated at 14,770 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) and the MV Rena which is currently aground the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga is only 3,351 TEU. There are eight of these ships. They are so large that they cannot go through the Panama canal.

This ship is bigger than an aircraft carrier, and only has 13 crew. An aircraft carrier has more than 5000!

Anyway, I post this to show that Cactus Kate has a better idea about international trade, poverty and the realities of life than some book taught socialist commentator at Red Alert, or indeed the fool administrator who posted the article from the Guardian in the first place. It is a magnificent example of man’s conquest of nature, design and physics. Unfortunately people like SPG and Trevor Mallard would have us believe this represents the free market gone bad.

It matters not a bit that Trevor cut/pastes some thoughts of a leftwing journalist in a left wing newspaper about an irrelevant Labour party in the UK. Labour here will have to do more than wring their hands about welfare, as Cactus Kate noted in an earlier comment:

I thought you’d had an ephihany and we’re going to tell us all how Labour planned to stop welfare for families (who don’t need it), remove long term beneficiaries from eligibility and cut the welfare spend vote so it could be spent on more deserving areas.


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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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