Bennett pivots. While there’s a lot of hatred out there towards beneficiaries it comes from a fairly small but vocal minority who are fiercely loyal to the National Party; much larger (in number) are the female swing voters who know that they could wind up on the DPB themselves if their marriage fails or their partner dies. Bennett’s comments yesterday and today are aimed at reassuring them.
I think it’s safe to say National has won this battle. I’m always impressed at the Labour Party’s ability to get into a fight they can’t lose and then lose it.
I guess we have to wait for the outcome of the privacy complaint to see where this story goes next; it seems likely that Bennett will be found to have broken the law, and it also seems likely that Labour will find some way to use the finding to embarrass themselves and cover Bennett in glory.