Peters suggests old people work for free – so he can keep his salary

Winston has always courted the older vote, sometimes quite successfully, but that doesn’t seem to be working for him any more.

One of his biggest problems is the person he made Prime Minister – Jacinda Ardern. Peters seemed to think he would be virtual leader, but Ardern has outshone him big time.

Now, beside a widely applauded leader about half his age, Peters is fading like his generation.

Stuff: Your country needs you – Winston Peters’ pitch to baby boomers and older Kiwis

But the polls – and history – suggest he and the NZ First Party are dog tucker at this election, teetering around two per cent support.

Peters’ gamble in backing Labour in 2017 has been almost too successful; it’s not out of the question that Labour will get enough votes to govern alone after the election.

That renders redundant NZ First’s most potent message, that Peters is a necessary counterweight to the more extreme left-wingers in Labour’s camp.

So it seems Peters is left trying to appeal to the pensioner vote.

This election may be where the grey army is asked to return the favour, however; with employers screaming out for the borders to open to allow in skilled labour, Peters is asking retirees to step up instead.

They have the skills and years of experience to mentor and train younger New Zealanders to fill those gaps, Peters says.

He believes many of them are ready and willing to do it for free if the Government just asks them.

“We’re going to have to enlist the voluntary support, with a minimum of remuneration, of thousands or even tens of thousands of older people. And I can see them all waiting, an army ready to go, because we’ve asked them to – ready to re-engage back in the workforce in critical jobs that have previously been filled from people from overseas.

“There are retired truck drivers sitting there; if I said ‘can you give us six months?’, of course they’d be ready to start tomorrow.

“They’re all there and nobody’s asking them.”

I’m not sure a call for retired people to work for free will get much support.

It looks like an attempt by Peters to recruit voters so he can keep working for hundreds of thousands of dollars Parliamentary pay.

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25 Comments

  1. John J Harrison

     /  9th August 2020

    Pete, wrong.
    Peters does not “ work “ for his overly generous stipend.
    He never, ever has.
    Most of his cabinet papers remain unopened.
    Only the Green Parrot will miss him and his parliamentary credit card.
    No thinking person will.
    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    Reply
    • “Most of his cabinet papers remain unopened.”

      How do you know this?

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      • John J Harrison

         /  9th August 2020

        There has been recent public comment from former parliamentary staffers.
        I believe them.

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        • He said on the news one time that he signed documents without reading them.

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          • It was when the hoohah about his super was starting.

            He was asked about signing papers he hadn’t read and said that he often did this, laughing as if it was a huge joke. He SAID it, PDTs. Don’t you watch the news?

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            • Blazer

               /  9th August 2020

              Really try not to watch the……news…end up with all sorts of misinformation.

              Some people rely on it…believe it or…not!

            • Don’t be stupid.

              He was asked about signing papers without reading, laughed and said that he did that. This may not concern you, but it did me. What has the old idiot signed with no idea what he was signing ? As a lawyer, he, of all people, should know that this is incredibly irresponsible.What sort of advice did he give his clients ? No need to read this, just sign here….

  2. Kiwi Dave

     /  9th August 2020

    Working on behalf of the Winston party is absolutely the last thing I would do, and the last party I would even consider voting for. May he and his pointless vanity party disappear asap.

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    • The real problem is that training takes time.

      It just makes sense to do as John Key advised and loosen restrictions to allow people in who are trained already.

      I wonder if the howling chorus who screamed that he was wanting to open the borders and let Covid19 in (let DEATH in, as Lurch said) are screaming the same thing now that the PM has appropriated John Key’s idea and wants to do this.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  9th August 2020

    You have to admire the old bugger’s imagination and cheek.

    Speaking as another old bugger of course.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  9th August 2020

      However, he is right in a way that there are a lot of young people in dire need of a good older mentor and role model. Mrs Al and I are trying to do that very thing. Personally, I believe it is the only way the culture and cycle of hopelessness can be broken.

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      • Kiwi Dave

         /  9th August 2020

        Thanks Alan. Mentorship helps, but I have felt that NZ has lacked leadership and vision for many years. I cannot see any party that thinks further than 3 years ahead – what is desperately needed is someone/party that looks 10 to 20 years ahead and articulates that vision. Someone who does that and inspires the whole country to overcome your “culture and cycle of hopelessness”. The current lot of parties and very average people do not inspire me to vote for any of them.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  9th August 2020

          Vote for those who will do the least harm.

          I don’t think politics can solve the problem of people who don’t know how to live. Only some form of mentoring can do that.

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      • Kimbo

         /  9th August 2020

        @ Kiwi Dave

        Umm, I disagree with the Greens’ quasi-religious apocalyptic vision of the future, but I think they do indeed have a vision of the future 30+ years hence.

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    • I think that it’s safe that anything Peters says now is aimed at one thing only – votes.

      And with those looking scarce for NZ First, I expect Peters will get more and more desperate, but that will contrast more with Ardern.

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    • John J Harrison

       /  9th August 2020

      Peters is the only pensioner who should “ work “ for free.

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    • Kimbo

       /  9th August 2020

      Yep.

      No matter what else, Peters is an alchemist on the hustings, able to turn what is dross and adversity in the hands of others – defecting disgruntled party members, teapot tapes, leaked Nat Super update details that confirm he is either incompetent or worse – into vote-winning gold. Won’t believe he is gone until all the special votes are counted. And even then, as per the electoral recount that first got him into parliament in 1979, you can’t be sure even that will nail the coffin shut! 😳😂

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      • I’d change one thing, Kimbo….’vote-winning fool’s gold.’

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        • Hello, Blazer.

          One thing that WP seems to forget is that the unions might well object if people are working for nothing.

          In an emergency, yes, as the SVA do, but not as a general rule.

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  4. Corky

     /  9th August 2020

    Time for Lurchy to be put on a chain gang…. picking rubbish and trimming hedges in Remmers. The residents there would be ever so gratful as they spend their days working out how to keep Jacinda from giving them a haircut.

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  5. Duker

     /  9th August 2020

    The main point is employers arent interested in taking on people who are in late 50s and into their 60s. Even if its 3 to 4 days a week
    Migrants on work visas are preferred …thats going to have to change

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    • Gerrit

       /  10th August 2020

      We oldies actually don’t want to be employed, we prefer to be self employed. We can then work when needs be and enjoy the freedom when not.

      Oldies are already training (and getting paid) the younger generation. My latest gig is training young fabrication workers how to turn a manual lathe and doing basic CNC milling.

      Also teach basic CADCAM plus solid modeling software usage so they have a solid grounding before more formal education in those fields.
      .
      My mate is teaching young workers stick welding so they have a good grasp of how to handle a welding torch before they begin the more expensive training for mig and tig welding.

      Yet another is teaching young workers the art of composite fabrication layups, accurate record keeping and autoclave usage.

      Us oldies should really get together and form collectives like midwives do so have a single point of contact for employers to gain contract staff to pre train young workers before employers splash out more cash for formal education.

      We also weed out those who have trouble getting out of bed in the morning and focusing on the day so that employers don’t train those who are not suitable.

      Reply

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