Different Davids, Different Views

On Sunday David Shearer specifically ruled out making any policy commitments.

He said everything was under review and no decisions had been made.

But just a day later, on Newstalk ZB, David Parker (another leadership contender) revealed that Labour would be proceeding with a proposal for a Capital Gains Tax.

As recently as the weekend he said a review of policy was underway and he wouldn’t speculate on policy until after that had been completed.

So either Parker has jumped the gun, or he’s decided to show some leadership because the Leader is not.

Here’s what he said:

We need to introduce capital gains tax so that people don’t over invest in property… A capital gains tax does fall mainly on the people who hold most capital. Capital gains tax overseas are paid mostly by the top one or two per cent of the population.

Either David isn’t talking to David, or the frustration with the invisible Labour Leader is beginning to show.


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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.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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