We used to say that New Zealanders imbibed statism with their mother’s milk. Prime Minister John Key confirmed yesterday that the state will now become the nation’s mother.
Key has signed off on a programme in which the state, in the guise of provider, will hand out milk and cereal provided by others. Breakfast on the taxpayer, with Uncle John as host.
Key dismisses criticism saying,
"...if the child is not fed ... we know they don't learn...
Really? We know? But as Lindsay Mitchell writes,
“an Auckland University study undertaken across 14 low socio-economic schools where children received free school breakfasts organised through Red Cross or the private sector concluded ‘A free school breakfast did not have a significant effect on New Zealand children's school attendance, academic achievement, self-reported grades, sense of belonging at school, behaviour or food security’…”
So apparently Key knows what no-one else knows. On Planet Key, "...if the child is not fed ... we know they don't learn [and] in the end they are a victim.” A victim yet.
It might be argued by Key supporters that this is just a calculated political move, with no further ramifications. In which case, Key has transformed every child from a notional victim to a political pawn.