They got their orders.
I saw that this morning. Moreso than the TU, the fact that Fairfax, and others, just pick up their stuff and regurgitate it is really irritating. When Fairfax joined forces with the Taxpayers' Union a couple of years ago, for that Ratepayers Report thing (now apparently offline), it really tipped the balance for me.
The latest write-up on UBI is more about two funded lobby groups (Taxpayers' Fake Union and Morgan Foundation) blurting their predetermined opinions than about anything resembling journalistic analysis. On this occasion it's given the TU exactly what it wanted.
But that's also a symptom of today's media trying to compete with those who can now issue press releases and blogs and facebook posts direct with the public for free. When so many senior journalists shift to where the money is, in PR firms and political offices and lobby groups, it also shifts the source of who writes what shows in the media.
Working for families, which gave a generation of low income couples the confidence to plan their second or third kid with a fiscal reality of being able to bring a child up in $ terms with some kind of dignity. Apparently that’s “Communism by Stealth” The trickle down never happened and it’s time to correct that.
Money is needed at the bottom. Also a democratic society must be set up for near full employment or problems arise, that is so self evident by now. A 6% unemployment rate is trouble waiting to happen.
Economist Eric Crampton sees problems with a UBI.