April Fools


I was listening to an elderly gentleman on Wellington Talkback yesterday saying that his superannuation payments had just increased by $5 a week. He was saying that living on the pension was pretty hard, and he had to be very careful when going to the supermarket because after he had paid his rent, there was not much money left for food.

As I heard this before the announcement of the new fuel taxes, I wonder how the old guy is feeling right now?

The fuel taxes in themselves are bad enough. I have seen estimates that say it will increase the average fill by about $15. I wonder how all those Labour voters feel about that. But then, of course, the fuel taxes cause price increases across the board. The weekly trip to the supermarket is going to be correspondingly more expensive too.

Fuel in the regions is already more expensive than in the cities. At a guess, I would say some towns pay about 15 cents per litre more than the cities already, making petrol about $2.20 per litre in some places. It is now going to be $2.30 or so. Ad the majority of residents in these small towns live on the minimum wage.

So the minimum wage will have to increase. Already it is scheduled to increase to $20 in 2 years. But $20 is not going to be enough to survive on very soon, once the fuel taxes take hold.

I have also heard that some beneficiaries are receiving only $3 per week more in their benefits from this month. I’m not sure quite how that works, but $3 per week will go absolutely nowhere. People on welfare and on low incomes are going to really start to struggle, more than they do already.

The really funny thing about this is that it is being inflicted by the government that is supposed to care about the poor. We have a Prime Minister who claims she wants to eradicate child poverty. How exactly is this going to do that, Jacinda? You have just consigned more and more children to poverty and misery with a single stroke of the pen.

Supposedly the benefits will outweigh the disadvantages. Phil Twyford thinks Aucklanders will understand the need for the fuel levy increases. But please tell me how a minimum wage worker travelling from Mangere to their cleaning job in Newmarket is going to benefit from a rail link from the CBD to the airport? It is not as if he will be able to afford a holiday anytime soon.

In addition to that, the fuel taxes will start to kick in soon, but the benefits will not be seen for years, if not decades. So, the cleaner from Mangere will be paying additional costs to fund a transport system that he may never benefit from, but even if he does, he won’t see the benefit for five years or more. That is a long time to be funding something that gives you nothing.

Like it or not, many of us will not benefit from any of this because we live in areas where there is little or no public transport. I live in a Lower Hutt suburb on a steep hill that has no public transport whatsoever. The only way to and from home is by car. This is not going to change, no matter how much money is thrown at cycleways. At the end of it all, we will all be paying for a transport system that benefits very few people, while roading developments that might have actually made our travel a bit easier are shelved for the foreseeable future.

How do you get the kids to school on a bike, Julie Anne Genter? How do the elderly get around on bikes? What about people with injuries or disabilities? What about supermarket shopping? Actually, this is not going to be as much of a problem as before, as people will no longer be able to afford food.

This is what comes from allowing a bunch of idealogues to run the country. None of them has actually worked in the real world, so they have no understanding of what it is like to struggle, no matter how much virtue signalling goes on.

But this government has managed to achieve one thing that the previous government didn’t. For the last ten years, inflation has remained under the 1% to 3% band that the Reserve Bank favours. Nothing seemed to shift it. Well, those days are well and truly over. Watch inflation go through the roof. It is a pity that Graham Wheeler isn’t still around to see it.

I hope you are proud of yourself, Jacinda because the people who mostly voted for you are the ones that will suffer the most. #Youdidthis.


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