there are only two things i give peters credit for..but now, there could be a third..
he gets one credit for his work on the wine-box inquiry..if it wasn’t for him..all that corporate malfeasance would have been swept under the carpet, (and more significantly,would have continued..)..and we now wouldn’t have that healthy cultural/societal questioning/cynicism around our corporate demi-gods…
credit number two, is when during coalition negotiations with national, he screwed free health care for nippers out of them..(without peters’ work then, that would not have happened..)
btw.. i actually did expect labour, when they came to power, to extend that free health care for children to those older than six..but no..no signs of any moves in that direction..(some cost cuts through phos xcepted)..in six years of power…(yet another failing of this administration..to add to their failure to do anything to end the poverty traps of sole -parents etc..shocking stats on child poverty/health etc…etc)
now, peters has announced that part of his policy plank is to extend that free healthcare for children..and if i’m honest, all i can say is ‘good on you’..and..’more power to you’..
i could just about endure a term of a centre-right government if it was going to imbed/give us, free health care for all children..(this would be a manifestation of one of the benefits of small ‘c’ conservative political thought..eh?..)
and those in labour/greens etc should listen up..this policy of peters’ is going to resonate in the electorate..and will extend his appeal to the parents of all children..that’s a hell of a lot of voters, eh?..and quite a few of them may come to that conclusion that they will sup with the devil…if it’ll mean the long-overdue return of free health care for all children..
so, if you accept the above as a given, those in labour and the greens who are in a position to do so…..should/must match peters’ offer…
if you don’t, you could come to rue the day….