The media pile on continues

Heather du Plessis-Allan continues to put the boot into this hapless and inept government:


Yes it’s a tax.

The Prime Minister can dance on the head of a pin as much as she likes in a weak bid to defend hiking the petrol tax but she’s going to get nowhere. The damage is done.

This will hurt Labour in a huge way.

Here’s the problem. Jacinda Ardern and her finance minister promised no new taxes under Labour.   

This is what Grant Robertson said in September last year: “There will be no new taxes or levies introduced in our first term of Government beyond those we have already announced.”

When challenged about this new tax, Ardern said it’s not new, the levy has been around for ages and National hiked it plenty when it was in government.

And she says it’s not a tax, it’s an excise.

Wrong. End of quote.

Dead wrong. It is a tax and everyone knows it is a tax. When Jacinda Ardern says it is an excise she has forgotten a word that comes after the word excise… that word is tax. Even our own Customs Service calls it a tax. They’ve broken their tax promise and it only took six months.

Heather continues:

Firstly is it a tax? Yes it’s a tax.

An excise is, and I’m quoting from a dictionary, a TAX levied on certain goods and commodities produced or sold within a country and on licences granted for certain activities. So yes, it’s a tax.

Is it new?

Of course it’s new. Today I’m not paying that extra 9-12 cents in tax.When it comes into force, I will be paying it – it’s new. It’s an added tax on my income. The idea might not be new but that bit of tax I’m paying? That’s new.

If she hikes GST to 20 per cent… is that new? Yes.

If she hikes the capital gains tax which already exists… will that be new? Yes,

If she hikes corporate tax… will that be a new tax? Yes.

Because it’s a tax you’re not paying now. It’s a new one.

I cannot actually believe that this is the level of the argument we’re having. That is how crap the PM’s defence of this tax is.

It’s weak, totally flimsy. And you know what that tells you?

This is the day Labour lost the 2020 election. Because people don’t care what beltway issues Labour has to fight fires on but they do care when those issues start hitting them in the pocket.

And this issue is not just going to hit some of us in the pocket, it’s going to hit all of us in the pocket.

So when you fill your car up and you’re paying $2.30 instead of $2.10, you’ll know who to blame – Labour.

Not a smart political move. End of quote.

Aucklanders will be hit more than most. If you want to govern you need to win Auckland. Socking motorists to pay for footpaths, cycleways and a stupid tram to the airport won’t resonate well in Auckland, nor will it resonate on the streets of Palmerston North, Rotorua, Kaitaia or anywhere else where people won’t be able to get a tram to the airport.

Labour have fallen under the thrall of wombles and lunatics. They should sit beside a few cycle lanes that are hogging our roads and count the number of people actually using them. They won’t challenge all the fingers on one hand in doing so.

I’m not sure yet that Labour have lost the election, but this won’t play well anywhere other than hipster parties where bike clips on trousers are compulsory.

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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.

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