John Key and Jacinda Ardern have some things in common it seems. She has a pony tail and he likes pony tails (I was drawing a long bow to say that was something they had in common, I know).
National are being beaten at their own game, or the beat is in the air. So far Labour have not climbed aboard the Law and Order train. I hope they continue to avoid that particular populist schtick.
Most importantly for me, as an opponent of the Key/English government policies and practices, is, are we about to just do a swap but basically have a very similar direction but with a kinder hand?
This from 2014
“Labour finance spokesman David Parker said National refusal to budge was risking a sudden increase in the age in the future.
“National’s pretence that the age for eligibility does not need to increase looks increasingly dishonest,” he said.
“The truth that National knows but won’t admit is that without a comprehensive long term plan in place there will be a fiscal blow-out, and a sudden rise in the age would be inevitable in the future.”
I get that was then and this is now.
Parker is still there and a number who must have supported this stance.
It feels like cynical politics to me. Same with the “nuclear free moment of my generation” over climate change. On Labour’s side is that until they Govern they cannot be held to anything. I hope Labour is part of the next Government and I hope that will herald a sea change, not a ripple on the shoreline.