Many have mocked Winston Peters claim that he would go into the mine.
That is wrong.
What Winston, the Greens and Labour all understand and appreciate about the Pike River Mine is how utterly responsible we all are as a civil society for the deaths there.
It wasn’t just the mass loss of life. It wasn’t just the whitewash investigation. It wasn’t just the bewildering lack of accountability. It was us, as a country that allowed Pike River to occur.
We as a country did not demand from our Government stringent enough work and safety regulations and those flawed rules were simply missing at Pike River.
We are a modern liberal democracy. Worker rights and the security in knowing your loved ones will return from work at the end of the day are demanded and expected in the modern age. That we as a nation have allowed anti-union political parties to rob us of that security is our fault.We owe those families a proper investigation and a real attempt to return their loved ones just as much as we are responsible for never allowing this to occur ever again.
Winston realises that. Labour appreciate it and the Greens get it.
The anti-union National does not.