Trevett: Winston was right all along!

Red Claire hasn’t realised even a broken clock is right twice a day and proposes Winston Peters has been right on the money when he said National was going to betray all the old people by dicking around with Super.

Never let it be said NZ First leader Winston Peters does not keep a promise.

For eight long years, Peters has promised National had a secret plot to cut away at superannuation. For eight long years, Peters was the only one who smelled this putrid, rotting rat as former Prime Minister John Key grinned and held to his pledge not to change super or he’d resign.

Then he did resign and suddenly, lo and behold, there it was – a plan from Prime Minister Bill English to raise the superannuation age from 65 to 67.

Peters’ roar of triumph was immediate.

If it does go ahead, it will not kick in for 20 years when Peters will be in his 90s. It will assist in his personal life expectancy because he will want to grab every second of those 20 years to say “I told you so.”

Hardly a difficult prediction.  Eventually someone in government had to make the decision to do it.  And even though it’s come about in the same kind of well-planned way that Labour created their anti-nuclear policy, it’s cut out an awful lot of politicking and “bi-partisan” side shows to arrive at a ‘cross party consensus’.

Bang.  It’s done.

Winston may be able to delay the introduction of any kind of legislation as long as he’s part of a coalition government, so the whole thing is very much up in the air.

But don’t expect any government to dial it back.  It needed to be done.  Bill English can now get the historical blame, or credit.  Future politicians just have to treat it as a done deal.

 

– Claire Trevett, NZ Herald

 


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