At a time when the entire nation is in a state of shock or mourning, it just doesn't seem the right time to be engaging in politics. Some things will have to wait.
I've read a few cheap shots in the blogosphere about the appearance of John Key in Christchurch. Honestly, these people would be the first to bitch if Key had stayed in Wellington. How could he not be there at this awful time?
The disaster has meant that an important report on the state of our welfare system will not get the attention it deserves. I can't even face reading the thing at this time, though the summaries I have read of the Welfare Working Group's recommendations have left me incredibly angry. When the utter meanness behind many of the recommendations is compared to the selflessness in Christchurch of so many people in helping others, it is hard to think of any way to describe the members of the Welfare Working Group that doesn't involve foul language.
When we have done what we can to help the people of Christchurch through this terrible time, we need to do something about this Working Group report and the brutal callousness that pervades its thinking. When people need help we help them. That is our way. We must not let these people get away with their plan to dismantle our caring society.