The silence at the Standard over right wing strategist John Pagani leaving last week is deafening isn't it? Don't get me wrong, having a Labour party sleaze hack like Scott Yorke (who stooped to the level of Christian Family man and gun fetishist Cameron Slater by publishing my contact details on his blog) peddle his version of un-funny humour is hilarious, but surely Labour losing their right wing strategist is a seismic shift that demands more than reposting Imperator Fish yawns?
And what a seismic shift...
Labour's $19m vow to feed children Labour's new education policy includes up to $19 million a year to give a free daily meal to all children in low decile schools.
...who woulda thunk Labour would take the MANA Party feed the kids policy. MANA have put their 'Feed the Kids' Bill into the ballot last week, at a cost of $100 million, it proposes to feed every decile 1 and 2 school breakfast and lunch. That's 531 schools representing 113 095 pupils.
Supporting organisations like KidsCan, Fonterra and Sanitarium just don't go far enough if we want to lift the educational achievement of the poorest children. KidsCan runs in 223 low decile schools and mostly provide fruit and snacks rather than actual meals.
Feeding our poorest kids can't be a charity supported endeavor, it must be a fully state-funded programme. The Government says, "We already provide fruit in schools' - an apple a day won't keep poverty away Mr Key. When will National get honest with their child poverty policy and actually start referring to it as 'The Hunger Games'?
Labour's low cost of $19million to feed the kids looks like they may have taken their costings from early erroneous figures that didn't fully cost the programmes and provide monitoring as well as the food, but the sudden focus on this issue days after Pagani goes is a sign that Labour have listened to the criticism of stepping to the right and are now trying to re-orintate policy back to the left.
Now they just need a leader who can articulate it convincingly. Watching David Shearer getting tripped up to endorse National Standards on Breakfast TV this morning was eye rolling.