I haven’t commented on the maiden speeches yet (we’re doing some analysis later) but I can’t let this stand. Aaron Gilmore, the bottom-ranked National List MP who got in by 39 votes, is having his maiden speech. He started by remembering growing up in a state house, going to school, a teacher giving him some lunch. He said the lessons he learned were hard work and that compulsion is bad.
Umm, no lesson that strong public services, like state housing and education, are essential to give young people a chance in life?
No. Instead, he’s an MP for a party that is committed to cutting those services. Now, he’s rich he’s determined to pull the ladder up after him. Well, that’s gratitude for you.