One of our supporters has sent the following e mail to all MPs. WE hope he gets a good response. Please help. If you are talking to any MP in factgo out of your way to find them and get them to respond.
“”Inequality in Aotearoa/NZ,
During recent sittings of NZ’s Parliament, a number of attempts have been made in the House to table graphs and diagrams from a book. On every occasion these attempts were denied by Government voices objection. Having seen this on YouTube, my suspicions were aroused. Why would our Government not want such seemingly innocent material tabled?
So I obtained a copy of the book. It is called “The Spirit Level”. Written by Wilkinson and Pickett it presents thirty years research into factors affecting social wellbeing. They have now formed The Equality Trust, www.equalitytrust.org.uk a non-profit group of concerned people in the U.K..
Their conclusion; ‘that a developed country’s income inequality lies behind and can explain almost all of its social ills’. These are social ills such as high imprisonment rates, drug and alcohol abuse, life expectancy etc. Those that we fail to address here by only tinkering with politically acceptable solutions.
Thus I am now asking you, our parliamentarians, whether you are prepared to sign up to the following declaration in the paragraph below. It comes from the U.K. where many MPs, and aspiring ones, have signed and committed themselves to its call for serious debate and action.
“Compelling new evidence presented by The Equality Trust shows that more equal societies – those with a narrower gap between rich and poor – are more cohesive, healthier, suffer fewer social problems and are more environmentally sustainable. In view of these findings I, as a member of the New Zealand Parliament, am committed to making New Zealand a more equal society as the most effective means of building a better society. I will therefore actively support the case for policies designed to narrow the gap between rich and poor; and engage with the debate on which measures should be implemented to achieve that aim.”
So as you are one of the aforesaid representatives of the people, sitting in NZ’s highest place of power and decision making, will you now address this urgent issue?
A response in the affirmative to my plea is all I ask.’