A bunch of questions we need answers to before election day

There are so many elephants in the room, political parties are hoping their specific one is hidden behind someone else’s.

  • WIll Jacinda remain Leader of the Labour party for a full term?  The reason I ask is because former leader Andrew Little was placed as list position three.   That doesn’t look like the normal fall from grace for an Labour party ex-leader.  Is Jacinda just keeping his seat warm?  Will Jacinda remain there as a pretty smile while Andrew Little is really in charge?
  • If the Green party do make it back into parliament on something just past 5%, will Metiria Turei take responsibility for making half her colleagues lose their jobs and stand down?  At 5%, she would be keeping a better person out of a job.
  • Will Labour’s Tax Working Group be announced before election day?  Will its recommendations be binding?    What are their terms of reference?  When are they expected to deliver a final report by?  What will Labour do in the mean time?  Will it not make any changes to any taxes, levies, royalties, surcharges, tolls, and so on?  Because to make changes would be to pre-empt the Group’s work.
  • New taxes generally need some degree of time for business and people to plan towards.  Will the first taxes go live on April 1st, mere weeks after the Labour parliament sits?  Or will it be April 1st 2019, as would be the normal way these things are done.
  • Where is the money coming from in the mean time?  Is the Labour party going to borrow the money to pay for their extensive expansion of government funded programs until the taxes start flowing into their coffers?
  • The 50/50 gender split on the Green party list is severely compromised if the Greens come back on 5% (or a little more).  Only Gareth and James will be there representing men.  The next man doesn’t come in until list position 10.  Will Metiria resign and the subsequent women on the list stand aside so a another man can enter parliament?   Does anyone expect this gender equality issue to cut both ways?  (I don’t – I think we’ll see a female-donimated Green party)
  • Speaking of women and men.  Anyone notice that Jacinda is the only woman left in Labour’s Dream Team?   Oh don’t mention Megan Woods.  Megan WHO?  And then you have Carmel Sepuloni.  But you never hear them speak – they just stand there in the background.  The only ones with presence in the media are Ardern, Hipkins, Robertson, Davis and Twyford.

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