Russel Norman, sanctimonious hypocrite

Russel Norman is the one caught pants down. Yesterday he had a rant about the use of the term ‘tax burden’.

Well it turns out it is a term he likes to use.

The furore over Green Party leader Russel Norman’s objection to the term “tax burden” has taken another entertaining turn.

Economics lecturer Eric Crampton notes Twitter wags have found two Russel Norman press releases that use the term (see them here and here).

Yesterday, Dr Norman complained Treasury official’s use of the phrase “tax burden” revealed “Right wing political ideology runs deep in Treasury.”

If so, his own communications team may be politically suspect. 

What a hypocrite. Here is one example.

First up, we need to get the Government’s books in order, both on the revenue and spending sides. We would broaden the tax system by putting a price on activities that are currently untaxed and damage our environment. Unlike the National Government that has chosen to shift the tax burden on to the lowest paid New Zealanders, our tax changes would focus on those not currently paying their fair share.

and another:

“It’s not fair to expect income-earning New Zealanders to carry a disproportionate share of the tax burden while some of New Zealand’s wealthiest individuals pay none,” said Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman.

There are 95 uses of the term on the Green Party website even:


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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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