Gareth Morgan

Comrade Morgan wants rich pricks to cough up even more tax

There is only really one thing I agree with Gareth Morgan on…death to cats.

As for everything else, the man is a commie and a lunatic to boot….like his plans to tax people even more.

Economist Gareth Morgan believes New Zealand could be missing out on up to 25 percent of total income tax because the rich aren’t paying their fair share.

Morgan also told The Nation it is possible to get global corporations like Apple and Facebook to pay more tax on what they earn here.

The Government collects about $30 billion per year in income tax, but Mr Morgan says that take could be much bigger. The figures come from a soon-to-be-published report from the Morgan Foundation.

Dr Morgan says the report on New Zealand’s current tax system shows that the burden is falling on middle- and working-class families.

“There’s no free lunch here. If the rich aren’t paying their fair share, someone else has to pay more than they otherwise need to,” he says.

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What’s wrong with $5 a tail?

Gareth Morgan loves the sound of his own voice, and he must be deaf too because he has a voice for print.

Nonetheless, he is banging on about cats again. 

Wandering domestic cats are the biggest predator “by a mile” in urban areas, according to Gareth Morgan.

The key to changing that, could lie with a simple pest plan consultation in Manawatu.

The Horizons Regional Council put out its pest management plan for consultation in February, not expecting the response it got.

By the end of the month it received 94 submissions to the plan. Of that, 47 were specifically regarding feral cats and 45 of those were led by New Zealand businessman Gareth Morgan’s Morgan Foundation.

The majority of submissions were not actually from within the Manawatu region.

The submissions request a clear definition of feral cats as any cat without a microchip, collar or harness. They also ask Horizons to approach the government to develop national legislation.

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Face of the Day

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Bob Jones is Face of the Day because he is deadly serious about building his monument to Gareth Morgan:

He writes to Eric Crampton disabusing him of the notion that he was being tongue in cheek about the statue.

Dear Dr Crampton,

Your report on the long overdue Morgan statue has been shown to me.  Plainly there has been a misunderstanding.  It most certainly was not a “tongue in cheek” proposal.  The widespread affection and admiration for Mr Morgan demands nothing less.   Read more »

When will the media stop publishing the lunatic rants of Gareth Morgan?

He’s just pissed he couldn’t score a private beach.

A crowdfunding campaign to buy an Abel Tasman beach for the public just ended up being a political prop, economist Gareth Morgan says.

About $2.3 million was raised to buy the seven-hectare Awaroa Inlet through a highly-publicised campaign, but it turned out not to be enough, with the Government chipping in another $350,000 to get it over the line on Tuesday night.

With the help of $250,000 from the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust, the beach is believed to have sold for about $2.8 million.

But Mr Morgan – who unsuccessfully offered a substantial sum towards the fundraising if he got private access only to later say it was part of a cunning plan to raise more money – now says it’s a shame to see “taxpayer’s money being used here to curry political favour”.

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John Key sniffs a popular move; starts off by kicking Gareth Morgan in the slats

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It’s all about that beach, ’bout that beach, in Tasman….

Prime Minister John Key has not ruled out a “modest” Government contribution to a public bid to buy Awaroa Inlet, while taking aim at Gareth Morgan’s views the beach will sell for more than what has been raised.

More than 33,500 people pledged to Duane Major and Adam Gard’ner’s campaign to raise $2 million to entrust a sandy stretch of the inlet, in Abel Tasman National Park, to the public.

The $2m target was hit on Friday, but the organisers were urging the public to keep donating.

It’s roughly what the owner paid for it, so probably not enough yet. Plus, the owner is unlikely to be generous – this is a fire sale as they need cash to pay down urgent debt to the BNZ.  Read more »

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What does today’s face of the day and this cat have in common?

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War on cats: 2,000,000 to be killed by 2020

You cat lovers can breath a sigh of relief – it’s in Australia.  For now.

The Washington Post reports

The Australian government announced plans to cull up to 2 million feral cats by 2020 in a bid to preserve dozens of native species that authorities claim face extinction because of the cats’ predatory behavior.

Speaking to a national radio station, Gregory Andrews, the country’s first threatened-species Commissioner, said Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt “is declaring war on feral cats, and he’s asked me to take charge of that program.”

Hunt unveiled the five-year plan at a Melbourne zoo on Thursday, vowing to protect Australia’s native mammal and bird populations.

“We are drawing a line in the sand today which says, ‘On our watch, in our time, no more species extinction,'” Hunt said.

A line in the Australian sand.  No. More. Cats.

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Gareth Morgan on the flag referendum balls up

I don’t normally agree with Gareth Morgan on anything…except the killing of feral cats. Today he has a piece in the NBR about the ballsed up flag referendum process.

The debacle over the incompetence of the Flag Consideration Panel is spurring ever-growing ramifications for the politicians. The latest demonstration of petty mindedness from a political quarter comes from Andrew Little who, when faced with the question of whether Labour would support the government in adding a fifth entry to the first referendum, couldn’t resist petty point scoring.

He stated he’d would support a fifth flag, but only if the PM moved the question about whether New Zealanders want a flag change to the first referendum. That’s the response of a political brat, rather than someone concerned with getting the outcome New Zealanders want.

Andrew Little is a political brat…and a numpty. He was comprehensively out played by John Key…and Key isn’t that good really.

When the flag consideration process was first announced, I remember publishing stuff on why a flag change would be beneficial. The orchestrated response from the media – without exception – was that 88% of New Zealanders didn’t want change and hence I should naff off. No research underpinned that reaction, it was purely a cantankerous, talkback-type allergy to an idea.

Now look at it. Latest polls suggest 50% are open to change – so long as real choice is provided. That’s what educative processes do – and once the public gets full information it is incredibly rational. As the public learns more about this, the polls will continue to move – they are certainly not stable yet. It’s this process that Andrew Little – a supporter of change – now seeks to shut down for political gain. He doesn’t care if the public doesn’t get to make an informed decision, he’d rather have the political brownie points from being the person that made the government change the process.

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New Zealand’s Favourite Grandmother on the right side of the issue of stray cats

The science supports Maggie Barry’s death to cats policy.

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Gareth Morgan calls out bludging farmers

It is not often that I agree with Gareth Morgan, but he has a blog post about how farmers can pay for their own irrigation without bludging off the taxpayers or ratepayers.

Irrigation New Zealand and Federated Farmers are calling for public subsidies for irrigation projects. In their view, this year’s drought, and the prospect of more in the future given a changing climate, has underlined the need for increased water storage. In their view it is no different from building roads and other infrastructure, which benefits everyone. Do they have a point? Who should pay for water storage and irrigation in this country?

The short answer is yes and no. They do have a point, but only so long as water users and polluters paid for the costs of the water they access and the environmental damage they wreak.  This consistency – which is purely the logic of the industry lobbyists extended – would yield enough money to improve water infrastructure. But no way should Average Joe and Jo Kiwi pay a cent for someone else’s pipes and dams – which seems where the lobbyists are bludging for handouts.

The Ruataniwha scheme is a classic case of bludging. The HBRC is promoting a scheme which all ratepayers will have to cough up for, it will poison a river, and provide water to just 200 farmers. At the same time they are prosecuting another council for pumping sewage into the same river they are happy to poison with their dam.   Read more »