Selwyn Manning is one of the few on the left of NZ politics that I have a lot of time for.
For the life of me I can’t work out how he manages to work with Martyn Bradbury. Probably says a great deal about his patience and fortitude. In any case I consider Selwyn to be part of the honourable left in NZ politics.
For that reason it is worth reading when he gets agitated, even more so when he is agitated by Len Brown and his poll tax.
Len Brown, this Mayor, this week raised the specter of a bastardised version of Margaret Thatcher‚Äôs poll tax (which he prefers to call an income tax). He also had the cheek to say the current system is ‚Äúinherently unfair‚ÄĚ.
Fairfax Media¬†further cited the Mayor¬†as stating the rates system is unfair ‚Äėon people living on fixed incomes and paying high rates because of the value of their properties in areas like Devonport-Takapuna.‚Äô
Len Brown added that ‚Äėonly property owners pay rates but the Council is spending money on infrastructure and services for everyone‚Äô.
What absolute nonsense.
For those who rent, they too pay their fair share to keep this city‚Äôs infrastructure maintained, its facilities oiled, its bureaucrats, and administrators, and CEOs, and parks staff, and rubbish collectors, and communications officers, and strategists, and advisors, and secretaries, and librarians, and ethnic policy advisors, and art gallery workers, and Mayors in paid employment.
And yes, I know, they don‚Äôt pay rates directly to the Auckland Council, but by God they pay it to their landlords who in turn pay the Council for the privilege of owning a house in this good city.
Everyone‚Ä¶ everyone already pays. What Len Brown needs to realise is we all know what he needs is more money, this idea isn‚Äôt all about fairness and equality. Far from it. ¬† Read more »