Welfare carrots and sticks

By Jane Clifton In Politics

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10th March, 2012
Mothers and babies might look benign, but politicians, officials and assorted do-gooders approach at their peril, because the lioness can attack you from pretty much any angle. It doesn’t matter if you’re only trying to help. We’ve seen the uprising of the avenging mums after the Piri Weepu bottle-feeding furore – which exposed a disturbingly group-speak underbelly to antenatal education classes, in which bottle-feeding is tacitly closed for discussion. And a well-meaning Helen Clark caused lingering offence when she sought to empower mothers to get out to work; stay-at-home mums detected ...

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