Andrew “No mates” Little can finally compete on a level playing field

After Labour’s victory in the Mt Roskill byelection the party’s leader Andrew Little quipped then Prime Minister John Key had forgotten “the purpose of an election campaign is to win votes, not selfies”.

That insult will need to be retired along with Key. Hardly a selfie was taken when Prime Minister Bill English met students at Victoria University in Wellington today.

That was partly because people did not push forward to meet English like they did Key…

Nobody wants a selfie with Bill.

Think of the increase in productivity! ?

English’s low-key visit to the university contrasted to that of Winston Peters two nights before, when the NZ First leader had a packed lecture theatre laughing and gasping at some of his jokes and insults aimed at other political parties.

After receiving applause as he entered, Peters touched on the Government’s policy to increase the retirement age to 67 in 20 years – telling the crowd not to believe anybody who told them the future was unaffordable.

English didn’t encounter any real anger about the policy during his university walkabout, but it was brought up when he asked Lauren Broughton if she had any advice for him, given one of her degrees was in political science.

“You need to make sure that we are not only thinking about the stuff that’s going to screw over the young people,” Broughton said.

“The retirement age – it makes sense, I’ve studied tax, it makes sense that it has to go up. But if all we hear is, ‘it’s going to go up’, we don’t have any idea why that is going to be good for us.”

“Because it will reduce the cost for you,” English responded. “From 2040 the cost will reduce by $3-$4 billion a year, and you will be the taxpayer.”

Broughton pointed out she was already a taxpayer: “What are the benefits now? We have got an election coming up really soon, we want to know how it’s going to help us now. Not just in terms of the retirement age, you really need to get some of the other things out there that you are going to be doing.”

Or perhaps it was easier for Key to just go do a selfie.


– NZ Herald