I see the DomPost is running a sniveling editorial claiming Labour’s commitment to raising the minimum wage can’t be done.
It then breaks out the dodgy unadjusted maths to claim Labour would never have lifted the minimum wage to $15 if it was in power because it “only” lifted it by $5 last time and then gets into the old humbug about how raising the minimum wage increases unemployment (despite the fact unemployment was at its highest in the same decade National froze the minimum wage and at its lowest in the decade Labour raised it by more than 70%).
But my favorite piece is at the end where this anonymous whinger claims Labour is promising something that no party can deliver and bleating on about how bad that is!
These are easily do-able policies. Rather than get all right-wing and hysterical about them this Dom Post writer might like to reflect upon the fact that the real over-promise party is National.
“Stay away from Empty Promises” sounds like better advice for the architect of the cycleway policy, closing the wage gap by 2025 and the vacuous “ambitious for New Zealand” line than for the Labour Party.
But considering how many Fairfax journalists are on less than $15 an hour (my guess would be about a third) it’s understandable this anonymous manager would want to make raising the minimum wage seem impossible.