Paula Bennett and her second stage welfare reforms may not yet have gone so far as the workhouse. But despite the mounting evidence of human misery right here and now in our land of plenty, clearly, there is serious Malthus channeling occurring inside the National Party. Charles Dickens wrote the character of Oliver Twist to protest the New Poor Laws. An author today could easily write a modern version. I wonder what role Paula Bennett would play?
The reaction to the latest reforms has been so over the top. But this particular writer is an extremist. After her expressions about the female soldier killed in Afghanistan it's a bit rich to evoke her own victimhood at the hands of Work and Income.