Robbo is having a cry about tax cuts

Isn’t it fascinating?   As long as the polls were doing well for Jacinda, she was fronting all of it.  Less than 24 hours after a bad poll, and it looks like a man has to come rescue her.

It is time for Bill English and Steven Joyce to stop the scaremongering and lies, and front up to New Zealanders about the impact of their tax cuts, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

“Bill English has no credibility on tax issues. He was the Finance Minister in a Government that increased GST after specifically ruling that out in the election campaign.

“National has introduced 18 new taxes, levies and charges, including one on the capital gain from an investment property within two years. Again, National never talked about this in an election campaign.

“Today National have an advertisement saying Labour will increase personal taxes. This is completely untrue.

“Let’s set the record straight: Contrary to National’s patently false scaremongering about income tax, Labour’s families package makes 70 per cent of families with kids better off than under National.

The momentum has shifted.  Labour are now explaining how National’s policy will work.  And Explaining is?

“What we will do is reverse the tax cuts proposed by Bill English and Steven Joyce that will see $400 million a year go to the top ten per cent of New Zealanders.

“Those tax cuts are reckless and irresponsible at a time when so many of the big issues facing New Zealand are getting worse.

Labour have run out of time to fix their mistake.  They actually found fertile ground with the electorate for tax increases.  As long as these were targeted at polluters and people who have been tightening the belt for long enough.

But Labour’s got no idea about what those taxes will look like.  And the voters aren’t going to vote in a party that insists we all have an open cheque book.

For pundits it has been fascinating to see a smiling Jacinda tell the country for weeks that she was going to fix it all – just wait.   But as the election nears, people really want to know how.   Jacinda isn’t allowed to make up policy on the fly, so she can’t front this stage of the campaign.

POP!  Out come other colleagues which have been conspicuous by their absence.  Like Grant, who is trying to avoid explaining how Labour’s taxes will work by trying to make people look at National’s tax cuts as being heartless.

He may well be right.  New Zealanders appear to be happy enough to forego tax cuts as long as the money is spent on cleaner rivers, good teachers and better health care.   But unless Labour addresses the TAX elephant in the room, this attempt to divert attention away from their own lack of policy will fail.


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