In response to John Key's speech about the "growing" underclass, the government has released some facts on the state of the nation. And they make a powerful case that his whole premise - that the number of those at the bottom of the heap is growing - is wrong. We have less unemployment, less child poverty, less crime, and greater access to education than we have had for a long time - and certainly far less than we had the last time National was in charge, when their policies combined to push all of these social indicators in the wrong direction. And how has this been achieved? The rebuilding of the welfare state and government services - the very things National will inevitably cut to give out tax cuts to their rich friends and backers.
Since I seem to be quoting Marx today, Groucho said
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
I think this applies perfectly to John Key.