Show us the detail Colin!

Guest post

As you well know, the MSM have for the most part given up on being investigative journalists. Which is why it’s up to bloggers to actually shine sunlight into darkness.

The Conservatives have been gaining a small wave of support in the wake of the Dirty Politics saga. Colin Craig has been largely untouched and has stopped discussing the moon landings. This is in part due to them not getting held to the same standard by a distracted MSM.

In addition to their usual quacky policies around binding referenda and denigrating foreigners with Winston, they seem to have positioned themselves to take votes off National and ACT. One key example is their tax policy built around a $20,000 tax-free threshold and then a flat tax after that.

The devil is in the detail and the detail is nowhere to be found.

Prebble and Whyte have crunched the numbers as ACT have been looking to pursue a a top tax rate of 24% and eventually lowering it to 17.5% by 2017.
Their findings are that because of the Conservatives $20,000 tax-free threshold, their flat tax rate would have to be 34% to maintain current national taxation levels. A 34% flat tax would go down like a cup of cold sick at Coco’s.

Conservative candidates have been saying in meetings that their flat tax would be around the 24% mark. Some have even been saying that the tax-free threshold will increase by $10,000 for every child one has. To follow that with a 24% flat tax is pie in the sky stuff, remembering that they have promised no spending cuts to help fund it.  

ACT candidates have been challenging the Conservatives at public meetings to stump up with the details.
This came to a head last night at the Epsom debate at King’s.
During the Q&A, Stephen Berry asked how the Conservatives planned to fund their tax-free threshold. A flustered Christine Rankin let out that the tax hole will be plugged by an increase of $4 Billion in alcohol taxes.

Have you heard that anywhere in the media? I certainly haven’t. Presently, the government takes in a little under $1 Billion from alcohol excise taxes.
We’re talking an increase of over 400% on alcohol taxes. How do they possibly plan to achieve that? And why haven’t they told anyone until now?

In 2011 John Key trounced a hapless Phil Goff by repeating, “Show me the money!”

In 2014, Colin Craig needs to be held to account and produce their tax policy detail and confirm whether or not they’re planning to raise taxes on alcohol. Uncosted policies have been solely the domain of Labour in recent times.

The Conservatives need to show us the detail.

It is far too easy to make grand promises when you’re not expecting to govern.

– JMac

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