Gavin Maclean The column “Govt failing to meet child poverty targets” (Feb 25) makes tragic reading. Labour’s different targets for 2021, for different definitions of poverty, were largely unmet, and pathetic percentage reductions in the first place (3,4 and 3 percent). Even by 2028, reductions of only a few more percent were projected: cold comfort for a child growing up in the 10 years since those cosy words were pronounced.
My admiration for Jacinda Ardern was tempered by two disastrous statements she made in the 2020 election campaign. One was about wealth tax and capital-gains tax. “Not on my watch.” […]