$4.28 is less than I paid for the latte I just drank.
That is how much Craig and Carla Bradley can spend to feed each of their kids each day.
After rent, power, petrol and bugger all else.
Thank you to Simon Collins for his excellent reality check on inequality in Auckland in today’s Herald – see Trevor’s post below.
Equally sobering: a “comfortable” family – Anita and Nigel’s – on $150k (an MP’s salary) is close to the top 10% of NZ households.
Fact is, we live in a poor and divided country.
So our constituency is not just the so-called ‘underclass’; it is most New Zealanders.
No-one wants to be poor.
Every Kiwi kid deserves good fresh food, a few treats and trips to the beach.
Being poor is grinding and demoralising.
It takes all your time; and your gut turns when your kids go without.
Most parents strive to do their utmost.
There is unbelievable sacrifice and heroism all around us.
But most people don’t see the point in politics – they are too busy just living.
Despite this, a gap this big between the 1% and the rest cannot stand. It never has…
The change we want is that of Mickey Savage and the New Deal.
Not extremism, or racism; or God forbid, another ‘Great’ War.
So we must be relevant to New Zealanders’ daily struggles:
Feeding our kids; caring for our sick and old;
Making sure there are good schools and jobs for our young;
Looking after our living earth;
Seeking out those doing good stuff in our communities and working with them.
Humble enough to know we don’t have all the answers, because no-one does…
…and going on anyway.