I am gobsmacked at a recent story on news site STUFF NZ.
Apparently the opposition’s team of young up and comers (on the left side of the coin) want the government to be willing to pay for gender re-assignments. I can only think the recent story of a child aged 9 who has identified herself as a male trapped in a female body (poor kid) could have inspired such a bold move as to enter a ballot to the party to have this voted on as a potential policy for the campaign trail….. and so it seems such a proposition was put forward by ‘Young Labour’ the party’s youth arm.
I see the intention…. and while it is somewhat admirable and humanitarian in the intent and spirit of the proposition… it is my opinion this will only force the gulf between what used to be the left voter and the middle class to open up even further. What the hell are they thinking letting shoddy press sites like STUFF get a whiff of this sort of dribble? Or is it a clever sneak attack by the Right? That would make more sense. This policy will be highly unpopular with the general public in a user pays their own way society.
I completely support a partially or even fully funded ‘gender issues’ clinic that encapsulates the core public services from the health sector that these individuals utilize the most, (counselling, subsidized hormone support, emotional support groups you name it throw it in there!) BUT! And a big BUT it is….I draw the line at paying the 50-60,000 NZ$ to change an individual’s gender whatever the driving factor for that individual is. I commented on the STUFf story and those supporting such a practice suggested I was ‘condemning people to death’ (a dramatic reference to suicide bought on by hopelessness I assume, no one ever died from being male or Female in the scientific context of gender)
I am not ignorant of the hard road these people face. As an individual I am sympathetic in fact, but as it affects such a small number of the population I do not see it as valid public spending. Nor do I see the ‘choice’ to change your gender, whatever circumstances behind the drive to do so, as a valid public health issue. It is a personal issue and therefore as such, is an elective surgery issue, whatever social, mental, or spiritual drive for each individual may be.
So, Tory sabotage or just a stupid, nutty leak from within? Both?
Did Labour learn nothing from the party vote swing last election? They claim to return to core values, by appointing a union man to the top job, and wooing the working class (you have to remember todays ‘working class’ is not the working class of yore). Yet here is a policy proposition I would have expected from the most rabid Green Hippie Vegans who worship Gaia under full moons in autumn fields. Even then I mean Hippies that have no concept whatsoever of what the other 90% of New Zealanders would like to see happen with their tax money. But hey I love my hippie friends…. I just don’t approve of spending BIG tax money on an issue for such a small number of affected persons. That’s the same logic we are given for the massive ACC hikes we motorcyclists have had to live with after all. Fairs fair for all minorities I say!
On Facebook, and the Twittersphere, many commentators are crying ‘smokescreen!!! They’re hiding something else…. just like Child Poverty, The Flag and don’t forget TPPA is coming…’ etc, etc…
But what gets me is while we DO have these very serious issues to address, the income gap, child poverty, hunger in lower decile schools, a growing homeless population (something we are seeing on the streets of the Capital daily) and the Labour party let slip something as potentially self-destructive as this? Or did they? Is it a Toryist conspiracy to discredit? Are they that insane? Whichever ‘They’ you might believe are behind this idea hitting the media, it’s a desperate measure considering either intention. More dirty politics? Is this for real?
Time to take my idea of the Freedom party to the next level and start looking for my 500 registered voting age members I think. Time someone stood up for the middle man, the working class tax payer, and forced some sanity upon the benches of the House.
So is it a Political Observation? Or a call to action? You choose.
Watch this space!