The above was a heading in last week’s Hutt Valley weekly newspaper, The Hutt News.
It appeared over opinion pieces from respectively, new Labour MP Arena Williams and National MP Stuart Smith, these probably written a week before publication.
Stuart correctly pointed to the guts of the issue, namely a failure to build enough houses.
But feel for Arena. She opened with the following; “The Prime Minister has categorically ruled out introducing a new capital gains tax and the public did not want it so it’s off the table.”
The newspaper was delivered to every house a few hours after the Prime Minister actually did in a disguised form what Arena had correctly observed she’s undertaken not to do.
That would have been a hell of a wake-up call for her about the hard realities of ever ephemeral political integrity and its constant absence, which underpins the general contempt felt world-wide for politicians.
That said, I make a point of occasionally turning to Parliament during night sessions, to look at new MPs and pick the likely comers.
To date Arena is a stand-out and reminds me of the younger Jacinda. Like the PM in her apprenticeship days she delivers policy advocacies to a near empty late night chamber with passion and without the tiresome infantile abuse of the opposing side. That said, a cynic would advise her to heed Enoch Powell’s famous (and largely correct) adage that all political careers end in tears, and flee before it’s too late.
The problem is to what? She’s already wisely done that by escaping the horrors and tedium of a law career.
Being a mother of two inhibits stimulating living-life-to-the-full options such as running off with a circus or taking up pole dancing or prize-fighting and such-like.
Someone’s bound to show her this item. Doubtless she’ll think I’m taking the mickey career-wise. Trust me, I’m not, and when Arena’s an old lady she’ll perhaps look back and wish she’s taken this 100% correct advice.