The Politics of Envy

Bomber’s world view is not one I share, but I actually like the guy. I would actually debase myself and have a beer with him, but he actually got a ripper of an answer from Phil Goff when he lobbed him a vile ‘politics of envy’ patsy question on his left-wing hate speech blog.

If you look at John Key’s comments on the poor choosing to be poor if they receive food parcels and that bugger all would starve to death if he cut off the benefit, does it suggest our multi-millionaire Optimist Prime is out of touch with the reality of poverty for the 40% of NZ who earn less than $20 000?

Absolutely out if touch, that kind of arrogant comment that if you can’t make ends meet it’s a lifestyle choice, is something straight out of Charles Dickens’England.

I think if you look at the list of property and incomes earned by National Party members of Parliament and Cabinet Ministers, you will see people that have a lifestyle that has nothing in common with the people in my electorate who are struggling every week to pay the bill when going through the supermarket check out or are struggling to pay for petrol in tanks of their cars.

So how ‘in touch’ is Phil Goff and Labour. Looking at the pecuniary interests register for Labour’s top 5, they all have property investments, they’re all involved in trusts of some kind, and have rather chunky looking super schemes.  The difference is not income – the difference is where their assets came from. For Labour, it nearly all came from being career politicians.

Hon Phil GOFF (Labour, Mt Roskill)

  • Tower Limited – life insurance
  • Mansfield Towers Limited – Wellington flat company shares
  • Family home and farm property (jointly owned), Auckland
  • House (jointly owned), Mt Roskill
  • Global Retirement Trust Superannuation Scheme
  • Westpac – term deposit
  • Bank of New Zealand – term deposit
  • Kiwibank – term deposit

Hon Annette KING (Labour, Rongotai)

  • Orca Services (R Lind and A King) – management of an investment property
  • King-Lind Family Trust
  • House, Hataitai, Wellington
  • Superstart Superannuation Scheme
  • KiwiSaver Superannuation Scheme

Hon David CUNLIFFE (Labour, New Lynn)

  • Bozzie Family Trust (discretionary trust)
  • Family home (owned by trust), Auckland
  • AMP Retirement Funds (AMP Passive International Shares, AMP Balanced)
  • KiwiSaver (Mercer)
  • Bozzie Family Trust – property debt*

* Interest rate payable in relation to the debt is less than the normal market interest rate that applied at the time the debt was incurred or, if the terms of the debt have been amended, at the time of that amendment.

Hon David PARKER (Labour, List)

  • Queens Park Mews Limited (shareholder but not a director) – not trading
  • Akatore Coast Forest Partnership (No.4) Limited – forestry
  • Arapawa Island Forest Partnership – forestry
  • BLIS Technologies Limited – health products
  • Botryzen Limited – plant remedies
  • Fund Managers Holdings Limited – fund management
  • Pharmazen Limited – animal remedies
  • Karitane Trust
  • Sue Wootton Family Trust
  • Tarras Trust
  • Family home (jointly owned), Dunedin
  • Holiday home (jointly owned), Karitane, Otago
  • Investment property (owned in partnership), Alexandra, Otago
  • Investment property (owned in partnership), Dunedin
  • DWP Superannuation Scheme
  • ING Superannuation Scheme

Hon Ruth DYSON (Labour, Port Hills)

  • Comet Technologies – young enterprise scheme ‘special status’ company set up by four students from St Thomas of Canterbury College to develop ‘acci-link’ product
  • Family home, Christchurch
  • Cottage, Akaroa
  • Global Investment
  • KiwiSaver

Phil Goff wants to play the politics of envy yet his own front bench seems to be in a far better position than the constituents of Mt Roskill, Prot Hills, New Lynn, and Rongotai. He and his party are weapons grade hypocrites.

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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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