Irrigators, agitators, aquifers and irritators – Labour’s water Tax is divisive

Photo / Michael Craig

“Look at those fools Jace, all we did was swap spots on the list and now they’ll let us tax anyone for anything!”

Labour’s proposed water tax, and let’s not water it down by calling it a royalty, has really antagonised farmers. And it’s probably fair to say quite a bit of fake news, to use Trump vernacular, has been bandied about by both sides of the argument.

Wily old Winston, he of the self-satisfied Cheshire cat grin disposition, has led the charge with his anecdotal $18 cabbages.

For her part, the effervescently charming Jacinda Ardern has channelled her own “I’m happy to be the MP for Tauranga” rhetoric with her constant reminders of her rural upbringing in Morrinsville and how she hasn’t given up on the farmer vote. If that’s the case she has a strange way of showing her affection!

Every man and his dog have been happy to wade in. The likes of the Greens, Greenpeace and Forest and Bird in the red corner, with the Nats, New Zealand First, Federated Farmers and Irrigation New Zealand in the blue corner.

The latter organisation even publically challenged Jacinda (she’s only been in the job two minutes and already she’s known only by her Christian name, an honour reserved for the likes of Winston and Richie) to answer the questions New Zealanders deserve to know when it comes to the water tax. …

Make no mistake, for better or worse, farming will become an increasingly regulated and compliance-driven business should a centre-left government be first past the post in our MMP election.

Labour are talking tax, tax and more tax, and are watching the poll numbers go up.

They think taxes are popular.

They want to tax.

Let’s do this.


– Jamie Mackay, NZ Herald


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