Six children and 5 cats and somehow it is our fault they are poor

This couple have 6 children and 5 cats and a re crying poor, can’t make ends meet, please sir can I have some more.

Why the media puts up such dreadful examples of poverty, when usually it is self-inflicted, is beyond me.

Let’s examine things. First up there is the ubiquitous photos of the ‘family’ in poverty, with the usual new born mouth that requires feeding.  They can;t afford food but can afford a tinsel laden Christmas tree.


Alana Jones is not your typical foodbank client.

Her husband has a good income, she was employed until the birth of her 5-month-old baby and she is not eligible for a benefit.

But with up to eight mouths to feed, constant rent increases and only about $200 for bills and food each week, she needs help.

This is the second time in two weeks Jones has visited the Christchurch City Mission for a food parcel.

Between Jones and her partner they have six children. They live in a “cold, damp” three-bedroom rental in Avondale. Two children have asthma and one has a heart defect.

Yeah there is always a cold damp house…not surprising with 8 people breathing our water vapour…in case they hadn’t noticed it is December…open the fricken windows…oh and stop breeding…you are poor and you continue to make yourself poorer by breeding.

After rent, bills and petrol are paid from her partner’s $700 weekly income and their $420 Working for Families supplement, Jones estimated they had $200 to spend on food “if we’ve got it”.

Making ends meet was now getting “harder and harder”.

“We look back at what we used get and you can’t get that any more.

“We’ve lost internet, phone, TVs – so you can imagine it’s like camping. We can’t afford the bills.”

As well as having six children, Jones has five cats she rescued after the earthquakes and “can’t part with”.

So hang on a minute…you have 6 kids and it is our fault your are poor and can’t make ends meet? You have 5 cats and you can;t make ends meet?

You have given up the educational needs of the children by abandoning the internet…in favour of 5 mangy cats? You can feed 5 mangy cats but cn;t buy your kid a birthday present?

Here’s a  thought, stop breeding and drown the cats.

I mean seriously what is the answer to indigent drop-kicks who refuse to stop breeding themselves into poverty? More welfare? This family already takes more than it pays in tax…has anyone stopped to consider why this country is screwed…there seems to be more takers than payers…that can’t last.

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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.

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