Shearer’s Thesis Extracts – Welfare

I have been sent a copy David Shearer’s thesis this morning and have uploaded it to Scribd so everyone can read it.

There are a number if interesting aspects tot he thesis other than the taniwha issue which Patrick Gower highlighted last night.

Take this quote from page 16 of the document:

“Production over and above any material need was highly institutionalised and represented a great cost in labour. This is not to say surpluses were not produced. Indeed they were a most important part of Maori economic and social life, but they did not go towards supporting large numbers of dependent and unproductive groups within society.”

How does David Shearer now reconcile his leadership of a political party that believes in the extended welfare state where we are “supporting large numbers of dependent and unproductive groups within society” with his beliefs in the concepts he espoused in his thesis?

In particular how does he reconcile this against his new policy of feeding kids in low decile schools when the parents can’t be bothered feeding them, superannuation, working for families, why Labour opposes every change to the welfare system offered by National. Surely all these areas constitute “dependent and unproductive groups within society”.

The man across the road from the man on the roof will certainly be agreeing with these sentiments.

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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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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