We’re very please to release a special episode dedicated to why the Labour Party is not your friend. This is a deep-dive into Budget 2019, the so-called “Wellbeing Budget”.
We interview 6 educators, agitators and organisers about why this budget falls woefully short. A full transcript is available on peoplespolitburo.com.
First, we talk to Ben Rosamond from the primary teachers’ union NZEI. Ben outlines why teachers are angry af about this budget and the current crisis in education. He also spills the tea about the teachers’ strike and the struggle going forward.
Then, we sit down with Nadia Abu-Shanab, who is an early childhood teacher and new mum. Nadia outlines the very real danger that children are placed in because of the chronic under-funding of early childhood education. She makes an important feminist case for why we need free, universal early childhood education in Aotearoa. P.s. Nadia was the kween who wrote that letter with Justine to Lorde: thespinoff.co.nz/society/12-10-20…letter-to-lorde/
A little awkwardly, our third “guest” is Ti Lamusse: SH People’s Politburo panelist, socialist, homosexualist, and researcher in criminal justice issues. Ti discusses how Labour is prioritising imprisonment over housing and why this was not a Wellbeing Budget for impoverished communities.
Our fourth guest is Vanessa Cole, a formidable housing researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Auckland. Vanessa talks about how the housing announcements aren’t nearly enough to address the housing crisis and chronic homelessness.
Then we talk with Anna Sturman (PhD candidate at USyd) about how the Wellbeing Budget fundamentally fails to deal with climate change. Anna does an incredible job outlining the political economy of climate change and why we can’t fund our way out of disaster. Anna is a member of the Australian-based Climate Justice Collective. You can find out more here: climatejusticeaustralia.org/
Finally, our returning champion and ASMR expert, Ricardo Menéndez March lays down some truths about welfare. Ricardo demonstrates how the Wellbeing Budget dooms hundreds of thousands of people to continuing poverty because of low benefit rates.
From this collective analysis, the Politburo concludes that the Labour Party is absolutely not your friend.
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Full episode transcript available below:
This fortnight we have a special guest host Ricardo Mendendez-March (@RMarchNZ on twitter). Ricardo is a returning friend of the show from episode two. Ricardo is the coordinator at Auckland Action Against Poverty. You can find out more about AAAP here: www.aaap.org.nz/
We got Ricardo on especially to talk about the capital gains tax and the Labour Party’s treasonous refusal to implement one. In this fortnight’s segment of “the Labour Party is not your Friend”, we’re spitting fire, talking serious sheet about the Labour party’s latest betrayals.
In “Concerned Comrades”, we talk about the budget responsibility rules, Stuart McCutcheon, and organising through burnout.
Ricardo snitches the sitch with us, letting us know what’s happening with AAAP.
Finally, we read a truly incredible piece about the human rights commission. Enjoy comrades!
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We have a full house again this week with Emmy, Ti, Justine, and our honoured guest Vanessa all present to have a discussion about housing.
But before we have that intelligent conversation, we answer desperate pleas for advice from our fans in our Concerned Comrades segment. DMs are open on the @pplspolitburo twitter account — if you have a desperate life problem, your best friends are here to tell you how only Protracted People’s War can fix it.
After we improve your lives, we talk with Vanessa about her work with Tāmaki Housing Group, a collective of state housing tenants who organised to fight back against the government-led gentrification of Glen Innes. As the housing crisis deepens and renters are being forced into worse and more precarious positions, Vanessa talks us through some of the conflicts and contradictions inherent in capitalist housing provision. We come to a pretty unanimous consensus around what is to be done.
Finally, we wrap up by reading confirmed fucking moron Barry “A Landlord” Soper’s article bemoaning the unfair bullying landlords currently experience for no other reason than that they are utterly unproductive parasites.
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