War on walfare, state services, state assets, justice and Pharmac
To be fair, there is a report on benefit changes on page two of today’s Dom, but as usual, none of the major Opposition parties are quoted. No disrespect to the hardworking Sue Bradford – who I have a great deal of time and respect for – but she is a polarising figure, and it seems she has simply been quoted at length here to marginalise the case against these changes. Why else would there be no comment what-so-ever from the many centrist voices speaking out against these archaic reforms?
Also in today’s edition, Phil Goff’s genuine concerns about the United States’ pharmaceutical companies targeting Pharmac gets literally buried in the middle of page five, surrounded on all sides by other stories, so most readers will miss it entirely. Obviously, Fairfax don’t want us realising that National’s US free-trade deal is looking like a one-sided con-job which will be terrible for New Zealand and New Zealanders.
And, in today’s editorial, Fairfax predictably jump in to support their mate Simon Power. The Justice Minister’s attack on legal aid will clearly put justice out of reach for many New Zealanders, but according to Fairfax’s editorial “Power is right to shake up legal aid” and the industrial action being threatened by lawyers opposing the changes “is primarily motivated by the same reason behind most industrial action – money.” Erm, that’s what they said about teachers too. And radiographers.
It seems that to a media company with no principles other than the almighty dollar, it’s very easy to tar everyone with the same brush. God help unions and employees trying to get any kind of fair deal with this lot!