John Key’s government is the best Labour-led coalition we’ve ever had

Writes ACT’s Free Press

Taxes Up
National’s colonisation of Labour territory is complete.  We thought Helen Clark knew how to straddle the centre of politics but John Key has taken the art to a whole new leech-like level.  The confirmation came last week after National boasted they had made the tax system more progressive.

You Heard That Right
With Bill English safely overseas, poor old Steven Joyce was left to announce that the top 10 per cent of households now pay 37.2 per cent of taxes, compared with 35.5 per cent when the socialist Labour/Green/NZ First parties were last in power.

Why Bother?
Meanwhile 42 per cent of households pay less than they receive back in cash transfers, and the lowest 30 per cent of income earners receive $10.6 billion in income support in return for $1.7 billion paid in taxes.  What is even the point of electing a National Government? It is not obvious that a moderate Labour Government would be worse.

It puts National in a fairly safe position allowing them to be returned for a fourth term.  But boy, the price we’re paying for keeping the left out of government is starting to grind.

In the end, John Key the state house child hasn’t strayed far from his roots.

We can be thankful that National have run an extremely capable program of rebuilding and strengthening the economy.  Without it, nothing else would have worked.   But when it comes to social changes, or indeed taxation, National hasn’t been the friend of the typical National voter.  They have abandoned concepts like personal responsibility and property rights for pragmatism and the path of least resistance.

This is of course good news for NZ First and ACT who are hoping to pull National back from the left-of-centre.

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