WINZ: Poverty and Pep Talks

International Socialists

WINZ Yesterday I attended a ‘work for you seminar’ at the WINZ office on Queen Street, central Auckland. After the usual waiting around for 30 mins we went into the work seminar room. To my horror I look up and see an supposedly inspirational quote from Margret Thatcher on the wall…

“I do not know any one who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.”

The gall, the hypocracy, the sheer arrogance of it all. Thatcher, the woman whose policies deliberately fostered mass unemployment in Britain, and whose government ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands, being used as part of a pep talk to convince us unemployment was somehow our fault.

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