Dear job – why breaking the supermarket duopoly is your last chance

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The cost of living crisis is affecting the very voters for whom work promised to be transformative.

The list of tax maniacs Jacinda descends into listing the tinkering around the edges that Labor has done that seems to believe that everyone in trouble is a certified tax accountant who does their taxes weekly is a farce.

The left has done everything for the material hardships of poverty, housing, inequality and climate change.

As I have repeatedly pointed out, while Labor saved us from Covid, they did not save us from the ruthlessness of the under-regulated free market.

I have argued time and time again that we will see double digit inflation this year and that asking the kiwis to endure more is not a political solution.

They have to hope that their base costs will go down.

They must believe that a new government-backed supermarket could do it.

Covid has taught us about food safety issues and a supermarket chain that incorporates cheaper food safety while supporting local sourcing is a necessity to fix a broken market!

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The government should reach an agreement with Iwi to stock a new chain of government/Iwi supermarkets that promote local products at better prices for the consumer and

We need a kiwi subsidy on all local products to recognize that producers have already used water and created local greenhouse gases to create their product and therefore consumers have already paid a fair price to bring the product to their table.

We should first feed the 5 million here before boasting about feeding 40 million in the world!

Calls to ‘feed the 5 million first’ before exporting New Zealand food

People are going hungry even though New Zealand produces enough food to feed 40 million people – and that’s prompting the country to ‘feed the five million first’.

Almost 40% of New Zealand households experience food insecurity, while 19% of children live in households that experience food insecurity.

Poverty researcher Dr Rebekah Graham said while working on her thesis on food insecurity she interviewed a woman who walked for 90 minutes every day to get a free community meal.

A third state-owned supermarket chain would do more to provide a cheaper livelihood for all kiwis who have food security concerns. It would do more for welfare than any prime minister since Savage.

History calls for work. To date, you have had nothing to show beyond the responses to the crisis. We still have 190,000 children in poverty, over 22,000 on emergency housing lists, growing inequality and a climate crisis with no real solution.

A state-owned supermarket chain that would radically force competition on the basic cost of living for a vast swath of New Zealanders would be a worthy Labor legacy.

We need to be nicer to individuals and crueler to corporations.

As your polls drag Labor down, will you finally accept that some big vision projects are needed and not just more tinkering?

People are hurting economically, is the left so devoid of ideas beyond the virtue signals of middle class identity politics that we have nothing to offer them?

As I’ve said time and time again, if you don’t want the poor to have their economic misery manipulated by the right, then do something about their economic misery!

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