The latest raft of welfare reforms were floated in on 15 July amidst a fanfare of moral righteousness from those supporting the changes and moral indignation from those opposing them. Such righteousness and indignation is the stuff of politics. The Minister of Social Development provided an example of not only what individuals can achieve when provided with the right support from the State, but also of how facts are not allowed to get in the way of a good argument. Minister Bennett’s opinion piece in the Sunday Star Times on 14 July is a good example of how anecdote and private opinion can now form the basis for public policy.
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