Helping Labour to help themselves

Regular readers will know that I have been suggesting that Labour drop all their complex policy palaver and adopt a simple message like the one Ronald Reagan used to win.

They don’t need anything complex in their message all they need to say constantly is “Are you any better off after three years of National?”

However, they don’t seem to be listening and apart from some silly meaningless policies they seem to have entered election year as a policy free zone. This is not good for democracy to have an opposition so bereft of ideas.

Some of us in the VRWC are rightly concerned by the lack of ideas so we have been discussing how we can help. I have already contributed my idea for the campaign message. Today Cactus Kate has provided Labour with their tax policy.

In keeping with our message of simplicity she has provided each policy idea with a handy name to remember them by. My favourites are:

10. The “Nanny Rahui” Proposal to Lower GST –

Nanny proposed a dreadfully worded Bill to remove GST on fruit and vegetables. Labour should lower GST on everything back to 12.5% maybe even go to 10% in conjunction with proposal number 3. You know, because you were going to “axe the tax” and all?

7. The Trevor Mallard Proposal to Means Test Superannuation –

Anyone with assets or is a beneficiary or settlor of a trust with more than say $500,000 can no longer receive Superannuation. At 65 years old the elderly should be encouraged/made to use their own assets first and that they’ve stored in trusts before bludging off Labour’s voting welfare recipients. After all, they can’t take their money with them can they?

While not technically a revenue policy, I have named it after Trevor because he’s the only MP in Labour capable of dealing with angry middle class, wealthy pensioners. Most that don’t vote Labour anyway so he will consider it sport.

4. The Helen Clark Memorial Proposal to Duty the sale of Property –

Capital gains tax is for wimps. And the former Dear Leader is no wimp. We are thinking a duty if you like.

Introduction of a 20% duty for the sale of all property including primary residence and all forms of land. Helen owns a few properties and when she comes to sell them Peter and herself won’t mind paying that little bit extra for the poor. The duty will apply on the total sale price at the time of sale. A million dollar sale will attract a $200k duty. No if’s, no buts.

This will ensure that the poor have a chance at owning their own home according to Labour. Rich pricks with property now can pay the price for speculation. Also those greedy Chinese will be paying their share because the duty is unavoidable, you can’t take land back to China can you?

1. The Eric Watson don’t Fucking Come Back Proposal to tax expats –

Mark Hotchin either received crap advice or more than likely didn’t listen to advisors properly about shifting assets. Eric Watson did. That’s why Eric’s assets weren’t frozen, he’s gone properly.

This proposal includes taxing New Zealand citizens (passport holders) at a 45% deemed disposal rate on expatriating their wealth at the date of departure if they become non-resident and a 15% inbound transaction tax on their assets coming back in even while they are still non-resident.

You know because you have left and should pay for excessive welfare and benefits for all New Zealanders so Labour can stay in power for another nine years. Only fair.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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