But for a change they’ve surprised me. This is the first time in a decade the minimum wage has been cut in real terms. It means for the first time in ten years minimum wage workers will be worse off than they were the year before.
It’s even better than National’s right-wing business mates had hoped!
But with National’s right-winger core and their proxies like Fran O’Sullivan, Matthew Hooton and Richard Long all talking about Key’s do-nothing government and pushing for him to drop the sheep’s clothing I probably shouldn’t be surprised that the Nats have decided to show a bit of steel by kicking the poor.
Key’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand he’ll know the public support he has is very, very soft and on the other he’s got a lot of important backers with a lot riding on a proper right-wing government who are putting the heat on him to show his teeth.
The question is whether this small minimum wage cut is a one-off attempt to pacify these backers or whether it heralds the year of the wolf.