In case you hadn't spotted it: tomorrow night at 7.30, TV3 is screening a programme about child poverty in New Zealand. It should be well worth watching, but I'm also very interested to see how it presents the parents of poor children, especially the mothers - given that sole parent households are the most likely to be living in poverty, and John Key's government is hell-bent on seeing mothers on benefits as nothing but failed jobseekers. Parent-blaming is (a) usually way off the mark and (b) does absolutely nothing to improve things for parents or children. I think it's a good idea to send in prompt feedback on programmes like this, to say what we think they've got right and what they've got wrong. Interstingly, in the leaders' debate on TV3 tonight, the "worm" shot way up whenever Phil Goff talked about poor children, inequality, low wages and struggling families.
Scoop's Lyndon Hood did a great satirical version of the famous David Low cartoon figure, Colonel Blimp. recently, featuring Blimp's views on welfare.