Making stuff up the Labour way

Labour have been busted for making stuff again. Rob Hosking explains in the NBR:

If the Labour Party wants its economic policies to be taken seriously it needs to stop making up stuff.

The trouble is, its front bench MPs are starting to believe their own bullshi*t.

This week Labour finance spokesman David Parker tried to table in Parliament a document which does not exist.

Coming as it did within 10 days of his leader, David Shearer, making a big fuss over a tape of Prime Minister John Key which turned out to have similarly ectoplasmic characteristics, this seems to be a trend in Labour political tactics.

The effort came amid a testy exchange over economic policy.

The usually mild-mannered Mr Parker sought leave to table a series of documents which he says support New Zealand adopting what he called “Labour’s pro-growth capital gains tax”.

These included reports “from the OECD, the IMF, Treasury, and the Reserve Bank”, he claimed.\

Mr Parker is not the first Labour MP to claim the Reserve Bank supports a capital gains tax: Mr Shearer and former finance spokesman David Cunliffe regularly make similar claims.

It’s not true. What is more they know it is not true, which is why they are usually careful to trot out this claim in front of audiences who do not know any better.

Mr Parker realised his mistake and backtracked. When asked by Speaker Lockwood Smith to name the reports, he said he could not put a date on the Reserve Bank document “so I will not pursue it”.

Because to pursue it would have meant being proven as a liar to parliament. you can lie to the population but you can;t lie in parliament.

The only time the Reserve Bank has specifically addressed such a tax it has rejected it. This was in a submission to the Productivity Commission late last year on housing affordability.

In a particularly pointed comment aimed squarely at Labour’s tendency to just make up stuff, the Reserve Bank said it has “never taken a stance on the general merits or otherwise of capital gains taxes”.


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  • thor42

    Gawd…… unbe-fricken-lievable……

    Every time you think that Labour can’t get any more stupid, they outdo themselves like this.

  • cows4me

    Perhaps they can table the document with Shaggers recording of JK’s visit to the spooks. Save jumping up and down all day.

  • There are certain people who they are leaving out of this tactic…. my guess is they will try dirty politics and go as filthy as they dare to gain back some popularity (duh) and if (when) that fails they will do a reshuffle which ousts Shearer and replaces him with a certain Young, Female Horse faced Dictator.

  • Zephyr Cobalt

    What’s that saying …. If you tell a lie often enough the Greens will believe it”

    • Gazzaw

      Trouble is ZC that a lot of voters get to believe it too including our on-site trolls.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Absolutely agree. There are still 29% suckers in this country who want more taxes

        • deanosse

          no 29% want other people to pax more taxes

          • GregM

            Absolutely agree, the people telling me I should be paying even more tax aren’t paying any themselves. They can start paying their share first, and then they can fuck off. Bullshitting pinkos really give me the shits.

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            Yes, well said!!

  • adsup

    It beats the shutout of me how anyone can say economic salvation is yet another tax and the MSM don’t even question it. Property markets went loopy in every jurisdiction with a CGT so why would we be unique. Again if a CGT is meant to stop people investing in sorely needed property and the invest in “productive” investments why is this different ? A tax is a tax is a tax and unless it applies to houses only why claim it will push resources to any area deemed exciting.

  • Lofty

    The politics of envy tax brainwashing, the ne’er do wells will always find the liars rhetoric appealing.
    Evidence not required, or available.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Tories – You haven’t seen anything yet…..Wait for Sheep to pull the magic tape from where the sun doesn’t shine….Emperor will be knocked off his perch…..