Life’s strugglers badly treated
I was taken aback by the shooting of three Work and Income staff members in Ashburton on September 1.
However, I can’t say I am surprised.
People have been pushed from pillar to post, fobbed off by various social agencies, subjected to punitive sanctions by Work and Income and discriminated against because they don’t belong to the so-called ‘‘deserving poor’’.
It isn’t a question of if someone is going to start shooting up a Work and Income office, but when.
The man who is alleged to have carried out the shooting really had nothing to lose by doing what he did.
In jail he’ll have a roof over his head, a bed to sleep in and food to eat.
That’s more than what the majority of people without children on welfare in this country can expect.
In this day and age with entrenched unemployment, telling people to get a job is no guarantee that a person will be able to find somewhere to live or to get out of the poverty trap.