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Ain’t no sunshine here

The news this week that Government has ruled out a rescue of the Sunshine League demonstrates just how badly its priorities are out of order.

This decision has been made by the same Government Ministers since all Ministerial decisions are collective who have rejected the calls to reduce their own salaries as a result of the recession.

But they are quite prepared to put parentless children, if not out on the street, then out of the home that has nurtured them when no one else would or could.

This makes no sense, and Minister Glenn Blakeney’s explanations made even less.

First there was some legal hoop jumping along the lines that Government could not operate and regulate a home at the same time.

While there may be some legitimacy to this, it is hard to imagine that a means could not have been devised to overcome the hurdle.

Similarly, Mr Blakeney’s statement that the home was unsustainable is not a reason, because any undertaking that is dependent on donations is unsustainable by definition.

Having said that, it does seem that some budget cutting could be done to reduce costs.

However, it should be remembered that it was Government itself that halved the grant to the Sunshine League which, along with drops in donations, caused the League to appeal for help.

Sadly, the closure of the Sunshine League will be a symbol of Government’s handling of public finances in recent years.

Having spent money hand over fist in the good times, it is now unable to help people when they need it most, with cuts coming in grants to charities, schools and the police, the institutions that now need money most.

It would fit the general political narrative if this occurred under a conservative government.

Instead it has occurred under a supposedly progressive party which is supposed to represent the working man and woman.

The closure of the Sunshine League and Government’s refusal to help it is an indictment of the present Government.

The Sunshine League (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published September 02, 2011 at 10:27 am (Updated September 02, 2011 at 10:26 am)

Ain’t no sunshine here

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