John Key went to the Wellington City Mission today, and he had hinted that he would make a major policy announcement to help New Zealand's "underclass". So, what was it? Higher benefit levels? A commitment to retain non-market rents on state houses? An expansion of the state housing scheme to ensure everyone has a decent roof over their heads? Raising the minimum wage? A serious program targeting job training and education? Something to address transport issues or reduce other barriers to employment?
The answer to all of these questions is of course, "no". Instead, Key fiddled with tax deductions on charitible giving - a policy aimed more at the rich than the poor, the primary impact of which will be to help them dodge on their taxes. I think that shows you exactly how serious he is with his interest in the "underclass".