Although The Standard mostly frequently runs “down with National” posts interspersed with copious “John Key’s a liar’ diatribes there are ocasionally some good posts and comments. Here is one excellent post from occasional author ‘Karol’:
The government is vulnerable around the Paid Parental Leave Bill. They don’t want it to pass, but they risk losing support from women for not supporting it. A financial veto of an entire Bill has never been done before, and it’s experimental for the government. There are certain clear rules around excercising the right of veto, but there also seems to be some uncertainty around specific procedures.
There’s more good reading there.
English can’t just dismiss this with what appears to be grossly inaccurate cost estimates. If National aren’t very careful and reasonable on this bill then Bill English’s arrogant dismissal could weight significantly against National’s middle New Zealand support.
And what will National’s intervention achieve? Probably only a slight postponement in a PPL extension being introduced by the next Labour led government – and what stop Labour from extending it further than 26 weeks when they have guaranteed numbers to succeed?