Matt McCarten

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Labour says it will buy back assets, but they’ve already spent the cash

It looks like we are going to get yet another “show me the money” moment in this election as Labour spends like drunken sailors.

Labour would look at buying back state assets on a “case-by-case” basis, says the party’s leader David Cunliffe.

“We may well, and we would like to,” Mr Cunliffe told TVNZ’s Q+A this morning.

“And we will take opportunities as they arise and there’ll be more to say about that issue between now and the election I promise you,” he added.

The National-led Government has sold shares in several state owned enterprises including Air New Zealand, Mighty River Power and Meridian Energy.

There is a problem with that glib, uncosted, pulled out of his arse comment.

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How many Tax Commissars and Stasi operatives will Labour need?

Labour's new tax commissars line up outside IRD's Stasi HQ

Labour’s new tax commissars line up outside IRD’s Stasi HQ

Labour’s newest great idea is to establish a Tax Stasi, filled with Tax Commissars who will be “embedded” in businesses that Labour thinks are bastards.

They will be observing what is going on and reporting back to the Tax Stasi Gruppenfuhrer

This is an outrage…you can’t tell me that once the Tax Stasi have finished doing over multi-nationals that Labour won’t suddenly decide to implement more snitches and stasi agents and lower the threshold and rules down to businesses with say $30 million turnover.

What is more of an outrage is labour have exempted banks from the snoopy activities of having Tax Stasi agents roaming the corridors looking for evasion.

If National had done something like that Labour would be accusing them of cosying up to bankers, and corporate cronyism…like they do now over insurance companies?

You do have to wonder though if one of labour’s aor David Cunliffe’s major secret donors is bank or someone associated with banks.

There are serious questions though…surely if they are targeting tax dodgers and rorters then the unions should have Tax Commissars assigned to them, in particular Unite Union, with their history of non-compliance. Or will Labour except unions from having Tax Stasi Agents sitting in their offices.

In other matters you can tell they don’t know what to do about almost everything because they have retained their promise for us to trust them, they know what they are doing, look we will appoint an Expert Panel.

Expert Panel : An Expert Panel will be established to deal with issues that are technical in nature and involve areas where a high degree of specialised knowledge is required before a final decision can be reached.

This policy will raise an additional $25 million in its first year, growing in outyears to reach $1 billion a year by 2020/21.

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Cunliffe - Sh_t

A commenter outlines what he thinks happened in the war room:

Matt: Ok, so we go all out at National on this Liu fellow, accuse them of taking donations and interfering in due process.
David C: Sounds like a plan. It should work a treat. I guess nothing can go wrong?
Matt: How could anything go wrong?
David C: Oh, I don’t know, maybe Liu has links with Labour as well?
Matt: Well, does he?
David C: I don’t know
Matt: What do you mean you don’t know. Has he ever donated any money?
David C: We don’t know – we didn’t keep any records
Matt: Why not?
David C: Because if we did, we would have to declare the donations.  Read more »

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