HDPA wakes up too!

Looks like Heather du Plessis-Allan has woken up as well:

From the looks of things, Jacindamania is showing no sign of abating. And if that really is the case, it’s time to snap out of it.

We’re two weeks from election day. Now is the time for scrutiny, not starry eyes.

And that’s even more necessary now Labour has pulled ahead in the polls and is a real prospect for government.

Are there any journalists in the gallery up for it…or have they still got sticky knickers for Jacinda?

Jacinda Ardern’s party needs scrutiny on two fronts: so-called generational change and tax.

Ardern says she represents generational change. Yet she has just betrayed her own generation.

Ardern’s pledge to keep superannuation at 65 will be a huge disappointment to people her own age.

You’d have to have lived under a rock not to know there has been something akin to a generational war with superannuation as the battle ground.

Young people have been clamouring for the superannuation age to be lifted. They’re paying for a huge – and increasing – number of Baby Boomers’ pensions right now and for years to come. They’re worried that by the time they reach Super age there won’t be a pension on offer.

There’s a good chance they’re right.

It’s not so much that pensions really will become unaffordable, it’s more that everyone else is lifting their pension age. The Australians have. The Germans have. The United Kingdom has. Ideas like that become fashionable and sweep the world and eventually end up in New Zealand. And that may happen before Ardern’s generation qualify for a pension.

The calls to raise the Super age are so loud it was virtually one of the first things Bill English did as Prime Minister.

Yet Ardern has just committed her generation to paying for other people’s pensions, while facing the prospect of missing out themselves.

All that can save her from this betrayal is something drastic like promising to limit pensions to only those 65-year-olds who really need it. And one of the only ways to do that is to promise means testing.

But that would probably be too brave a commitment this side of the election for Labour. At least, that seems the most likely scenario , judging by Labour’s cowardice over its tax plans.

Labour used to campaign on raising the super age. They even made it’s campaign promise once and mocked John Key for the very same promise that Jacinda Ardern makes. No one does hypocrisy and sanctimony like the left wing.

News flash, Labour: everyone knows you’re planning to lump us with more tax, why not just come out and say it?

It’s becoming clear Labour not only plans to tax us more, but also that the party has a pretty good idea of exactly which taxes. The story it’s spinning about having an open mind and taking advice from a tax working group is wearing thin.

Here’s how you know Labour has a ready-to-go plan: it has already ruled out three taxes. Capital Gains Tax on the family home. Land tax under the family home. Raising income tax. You don’t rule taxes out unless you know your tax plan doesn’t need them.

Labour must come clean on its tax policy. Voters deserve to know a vote for Jacindamania may come with a tax surprise. Voters also deserve to be able to make a considered choice between Labour’s tax offering and say, Top’s.

What’s more, it’s going to become pretty hard for Labour to king-hit National on issues of trust when it’s also starting to look a little untrustworthy.

National could have made that play if it wasn’t for the stupid grandiose claims of Steve Joyce.

The last couple of weeks of the campaign are going to get tougher as the weak spots open up and the scrutiny gets more intense.

Labour is probably banking on the fact Ardern’s excellent grasp of deflecting tough questions protects it from too much tax-splatter sticking to the shiny new coat.

But, just remember, saying words that sound nice and acting on them are two different things.

But, but, but…Labour will pass a law to fix things.


-NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.