Read this very worrying quote from Paula Bennett, the new Minister for Social Development:
She expects her associate minister, Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia, to be instrumental.
“She and I share a belief that all children are our children. That means the good, the naughty, the broken and the cherished.
No Ms Bennett, my son belongs to me. Not you. Not everyone. ME.
That quote is extremely worrying whoever she means by “our”. If she means her and Turia, that is extremely worrying – my son doesn’t belong to the State, and certainly not to a couple of women I’ve never met. If she means all of society, that is also worrying.
Note that she isn’t even just claiming ownership of the disadvantaged children that “need” state support – she specifically claims ownership of all, including “the good” and “the cherished”.
Watch out, we have a change of government, but we don’t seem to have a change of attitude.
Hat tip: Kiwipolemicist