And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people and that the whole nation perish not.
Up now. There’s some real policy:
- $15 minimum wage
- Salary cap for public servants – no salary higher than the PM.
- Extend funding for pilot youth offender scheme
- Addressing educational under-achievement will be a policy development priority
- reform monetary policy
- will co-operate with government on tax so long as they do everything we want them to
No mention of ‘ordinary New Zealanders’, lot’s of ‘working’ or ‘hard working New Zealanders’, which is what the Dim-Post commentariat endorsed.
Clever pivot from attacking white collar criminals to attacking benefit fraudsters. I guess they want someone from the left to label the speech as ‘benefit bashing’ and give it some legs.
Fitzsimons resignation is still the political story of the day – I wonder if she timed it to thwart Labour – a parting ‘fuck you’ to the party that said the same thing to her for over a decade?
Update: The subject and themes of the speech are fine but the policies seem like a random grab-bag; it’s hard to imagine who they’re supposed to win over and I think they’ll be easy for Key to swat away: ‘we need to attract high calibre leaders to run the public service and so we pay them accordingly’, ‘a drastic rise in the minimum wage will cripple small and medium businesses and put countless struggling New Zealanders out of work’.
Also, most of the excesses he’s attacking occurred under his government, many of them exacerbated by the polices Labour introduced.