He might have got the angry back, but he’ll be excommunicated for comments like this

Andrew Little has dragged the angry back out of the closet. That may work for him short term, but his own party and activists will turn on him if they read Richard Harman’s piece on Little dragging Labour to the centre.

They will especially be madder than a cut snake when they read this:

But when Little was specifically asked what he would do to solve the growing gap between rich and poor he revealed a scepticism about the effectiveness of raising the minium wage or introducing a living wage or a universal basic income.

He said that one in five households spent more than 50% of their income on housing costs and that the average household, after they had paid their housing costs, last year was only ahead by $365 and that did not include any adjustment for inflation.

“The average household last year went backwards; incomes are not keeping up with the real cost of living.  

“The big really difficult gnarly question is lifting incomes.

“It’s not just the bottom 10 per cent; it’s 60 per cent of households.

“We’ll manage the minimum wage, and we’ll do it responsibly but lifting the minimum wage is not lifting wages.

“Then people say well, what about the living wage.

We’ll work with the living wage campaign and do what we can, and we’ll work with central and local government.

“But that’s not going to lift sixty per cent of people’s wages.

“We have to find a way to put that upward pressure on wages again.”

In other words, he is all mouth and no trousers. The only government to lift the minimum wage in decent chunks was the National government.

In some respects Little is right, lifting the minimum wage won’t help and neither will the living wage. All that happens is that employers find alternatives like automation. Then workers are made redundant. That is where lifting the minimum wage ends up.

The activists, however, will be concerned that it is perceived that Little is heading for the centre. He isn’t really, that’s just the media drinking Koolaid saying it is so.

The day a unionist has a solution to employment is the day the earth ceases to exist.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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