Winston would blow the Bribe-Meter to bits!

The Taxpayers’ Union is pissed off that it’s thrown money at a respected economist to develop an election ‘Bribe-O-Meter’ and New Zealand First won’t (presumably can’t) provide basic policy information for its policies to be costed.

“The Taxpayers’ Union has made numerous formal and informal approaches to Mr Peters and his party. Despite our best efforts Mr Peters continues to fob off providing transparency to the voting public.”

Our independent expert, who used to lead the team at IRD that costed social policy for numerous governments (ironically including when Mr Peters was Treasurer!) has spoken to Party officials in Winston Peters’ office but still does not have enough information to give any insight as to what NZ First’s policies will cost.

Perhaps the reason NZ First has shied away from releasing their policy costings is because Mr Peters is worried it would deter voters? In 1996, the last time National was forced to go into government with Mr Peters, it cost taxpayers $5 billion, or $2,950 per household.

Even the Civilian Party has tried to get in on the action and wants to be included.

Yesterday the Civilian Party founder, Ben Uffindell, offered the Taxpayers’ Union details so that his party can be included in the Bribe-O-Meter.

Mr Williams says, “While we’ve previously attacked the Civilian Party for receiving public funds for what is a satirical project, at least their policies have enough detail to enable more accurate costings than Mr Peters’ broad policy slogans.”

“We think it is reasonable to expect Mr Peters’ party to do better than one founded by a comedian.”

I think  Jordan Williams is being a bit precious, Winston doesn’t have a manifesto, let own policy costings!

He just tells ‘em what they want to hear at the local Senile Power meeting (or who ever will have him).

Bar New Zealand First’s lack of inclusion, the Taxpayers’ Union’s done a reasonable job of tracking where the parties are at spending your money. The Bribe-O-Meter is available here.

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