Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Equality with the stars

By Don Franks

NZ Prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s bearing of a baby while in office has understandably launched many words.

Michelle Duff writing in the NZ Herald enthused: " When her partner Clarke Gayford is excited about being a stay at home dad, it's equally inspirational.

It sets a precedent. It normalises powerful women and nurturing, caring men. It decimates outdated ideals of where a mother "should" be - at home, with the children, while dad earns the money. It smashes those boring boxes and makes room for new shapes, new ways we can all live our lives.

It creates a conversation about pregnancy, and motherhood, and what's expected, and what sucks. It means we are thinking and talking about how workplaces and attitudes can be improved”

Something in that I think. Just, not in Duff’s mind numbuing fairytale conclusion:

“ One last thing, Apart from a few naysayers, New Zealand's reaction to its Prime Minister's pregnancy has basically been a collective "Sweet as". As a country, we're mostly cool with this, which suggests we're well on our way to true equality.”

“We” are nothing of the sort.The trend has been in the opposite direction, for decades. Kickstarted by the fourth Labour government’s anti worker Rogernomics, inequality increased markedly in New Zealand in the late-1980s and 1990s.Today, the distribution of wealth among households in New Zealand is skewed heavily in favour of those at the top.

The wealthiest 20 per cent of households in New Zealand hold 70 per cent of the wealth, while the top 10 per cent hold half the wealth. According to a recent Oxfam report two Kiwi billionaires have a combined wealth greater than the bottom 30 per cent of the adult population of New Zealand. This, while increasingly, full time workers are driven to food banks to get by, while working people sleep in their cars, while New Zealand babies born today, next week and for the foreseeable future enter a life of poverty and hopelessness. No party in parliament has anything approaching a radical programe to turn this injustice around. Every party in parliament is committed to supporting capitalism, the root cause and perpetuator of inhumane inequality.

It’s alway nice to see another baby, we need them for the future, Just as urgently, we also need a social revolution.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

UN Rights Declaration At 70: We Are All Born Free And Equal

On Article 1 of the UDHR: Dignity is the foundation of all human rights. Human beings have rights, and should be treated with utmost care, precisely because each one possesses intrinsic worth. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The (Delayed) Judgment Day For Theresa May

When under stress, British PM Theresa May reportedly eats peanut butter straight from the jar. Crunch time is looming... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Politely Fake Political Obituaries (And The Paris Discord)

One unfortunate side effect of “personality politics” is that when prominent politicians die, the niceties we observe at the death of private individuals get automatically extended to them as well... More>>

ALSO:

Unique And Vanishing: NZ Biodiversity Losses Match Global Crisis

One might think that it is buffered from some of the effects of biological erosion, especially since people only arrived less than 800 years ago. But as we show, the impact on wildlife has been catastrophic. More>>

Your Name Here(ish): Sponsor A Section On Scoop.co.nz!

Scoop.co.nz has just launched Section Sponsorships - the newest way for you to gain exposure for your brand to Scoop’s high value audience of 500,000 monthly readers. More>>

ALSO:

You Did It! The Scoop 3.0 PledgeMe Closes

Update: The Scoop 3.0 Crowdsale and Crowdfunding Campaign met its target with a total of $36,024 pledged. It looks like it has all been worthwhile. We are nearly there and Scoop.co.nz will ride again in 2019, our 20th year of operations. Moreover the past week has brought a number of inquiries from larger organisations, many of which have till now failed to respond to our messages... More>>

ALSO: