Life’s strug­glers badly treated

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.

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