Yesterday’s other big political speech (i.e. the one not by Jeanette): platitutes to middle New Zealand, beneficiary bashing, telling Maori that he knows what is good for them, a cap on public service salaries and an obstinate focus on economic growth rather than social well-being. The question that this raises is Phil Goff trying to be Winston-lite or Brash-lite? I imagine some core Labour voters are starting to get a bit antsy about this sort or rhetoric – do they really want to win at ‘any’ cost?
And what’s with this sudden inconsistent support for the $15 minimum wage? The Greens and others were talking about $15 years ago when some other party than National was in power and $15 was about two thirds of the average wage. Since then inflation and the average wage have risen significantly – the real progressive political discussion should be about linking the minimum wage to two thirds of the average wage.