Failed policies of noughties didn’t help children

The United Nation’s report on the state of children in New Zealand says they – the children – don’t have enough rights.

On the contrary, the problem isn’t a lack of rights for children but a lack of responsibility from some parents.

This was alluded to by Children’s Commissioner, John Angus, who told Breakfast (not yet on line) that one of the best things for children would be getting their parents off benefits and into paid work.

This is not an attack on the people who require temporary assistance. It is an indictment on those long term beneficiaries who expect hand outs without taking any responsibility in return, the one’s Macdoctor describes as the sub-culture of feral parents.

The hand wringers say the problem is that children are marginalised, they don’t have a voice and they can’t vote.

Tosh.

Their parents, grandparents, teachers, health professionals and anyone else charged with caring and protecting them have loud voices and they all vote.

We also have a Families Commission and if the report does anything good it will be to show that the commission is a waste of money.

Even if it doesn’t do that, the report is an indictment on the failed policies of the noughties – the ones which bought votes by giving money to people in want rather than in genuine need.

These high tax and redistribute policies didn’t help children. They saddled them with a legacy of debt which is constraining the economy and will reduce opportunities for them as they grow up.

3 Responses to Failed policies of noughties didn’t help children

  1. gravedodger says:

    The great United Nations, BOLLOCKS.
    Haiti, the rest of central America, most if not all the countries of Africa, parts of Asia, the Pacific Islands and many other children in the world along with many of the unfortunate little children of Islam. Culturally and politically impossible to address, almost.
    Yes we have a major little problem (statistically speaking) with far too many links to cultural, behavioral and welfare influences that are reasonably simple to address if we take the difficult political decisions to apply the obvious remedies.
    To the UN look where the problems are deeply embedded, and concentrate where hundreds if not thousands are being seriously damaged.
    To New Zealand look at where the problem manifests and sort it out. We are a functioning democracy and our little ones have all the rights and remedies available if we take ownership of the problem and as I said, SORT it.

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  2. Richard says:

    Ele,
    You are absolutely right. “On the contrary, the problem isn’t a lack of rights for children but a lack of responsibility from some parents.” and MacDoctors” – feral parents.
    Earlier this week (Tuesday) I was traveling, lost my radio station and flicked buttons, and by accident, to Radio Live – and John Tamahere- JT. An articulate caller was asking advice: He had married into a Maori family where incest was the norm, but clearly, he and his wife wanted to get out. He gave,in a matter-a-fact way, examples of abuse- His sister in law disappointed that her partner did not beat her up every few weeks because; this was the norm- at a wedding on the marae where a young woman was encouraged to visit a group of males drinking in an adjacent building; this was the norm and the caller protested to his wife’s family.
    I might have taken all this with a pinch of salt except that JT seemed to accept that this was common and appeared to know the marae the caller was referring to.

    JT has been a leading figure in urban marae, the Waipareira Trust, and knows his stuff; Have tried to get a brief transcript from Radio Live. But all I can do is to refer those interested to go to
    http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Audio/tabid/109/Default.aspx go to the audio between 1230 and 1400 on Tues last.
    There experience of listening still leaves me horrified

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  3. homepaddock says:

    Richard – that is sickening. It takes strong leadership to help people break away from life where abnormal behaviour is normal.

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