The Labour Lolly Scramble, Ctd

One of the more bizarre promises made in the #laboursgottalent lolly scramble has been contestant #2’s promise of a living wage for taxi drivers.

Here is David Cunliffe promising to give taxi drivers a living wage (a more than three-fold increase if we accept his numbers)

And what is the logical response to this policy?

Most likely, a tripling in the cost of taxi fares and fewer taxis/drivers.

Having said that, Cunliffe doesn’t care about the cost (because the taxpayer funds his cab rides), but I’m pretty sure everyone else who uses a taxi will definitely mind.

And why stop at cab drivers?

Given that taxi drivers are often contractors and in business for themselves, does this mean that Labour will guarantee a living wage to everyone that runs a small business?


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