Simon Collins now pimping the ‘terrified’

How can anyone be terrified by a budget that delivers millions more to bludgers, keeps entitlements as they are and delivers $640 million more for social investment including $200 million for replacing CYF and $200 million more for housing for 750 more places for those with most pressing housing needs, $42m for 3,000 emergency housing places, a new emergency housing grant and $36 million to continue home insulation. Also $100m to free up land in Auckland for housing?

Well the NZ Herald must have them on speed dial because Simon Collins managed to find a bloke, if you can call him that, who is “terrified” of the budget.

A man who spent 18 years in state care says he is “terrified” by the Budget changes to Child, Youth and Family.

Daryl Brougham, who wrote a book last year about his experiences, said the extra $95 million a year for the new “super-CYF” children’s ministry would go mostly to private contractors through competitive tenders.

Some of the worst experiences in his life in care were when children’s homes closed down because contractors lost their contracts.   

“What I see is that with CYF getting privatised, they all compete for the same funding,” he said.

“So Barnardos, Fostering Kids, Dingwall, House of Hope, the Salvation Army, the whole lot of them, all they do is compete for funding. They undercut each other in order to get it.

“I’m terrified to think that we have more money going to agencies to compete against each other. Why don’t we see how we can use this money so that we all work together?”

He’s terrified? Where does the Herald find these people?

I’ll bet you a dollar to a knob of goat shit that this guy has been whinging for years about how shit CYF is…and now something is being done about it…he’s terrified.

He should change his adult diapers…it appears they are leaking.


– NZ Herald.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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