Wrong answer Simon, wrong answer

Simon Bridges needs to make a mark; if yesterday is anything to go by it was the wrong mark.

Newshub reports:

National is opposed to the Government’s fuel tax hikes, but won’t promise to roll them back if it wins the 2020 election.

Fuel tax is expected to rise 10c a litre over the next three years, about the same rate per year as under National.

Legislation is also in progress to allow Auckland Council to implement a 10c tax on top of that, so the super city can pay for its ambitious transport plans.

Appearing on The AM Show on Monday, National leader Simon Bridges said growing surpluses mean there’s no need for petrol tax hikes.

“If you do things well, you don’t need to. I know, because I was Transport Minister.”

In its nine years, National raised petrol taxes six timesusually by 3c. The previous Labour Government had promised a lower nationwide rate of increase – 1.5c a year – with a separate regional fuel tax for Auckland on top of that.

While in Opposition, Labour attacked National over its petrol tax hikes.

“They’re finding it hard enough to pay the bills now, let alone having to pay more for petrol to paper over the cracks in National’s books,” then-leader David Shearer said in 2012.

Mr Bridges said National wouldn’t commit to reversing Labour’s hikes, saying once they’re in, it would be “too late” to take them away. End of quote.

Wrong answer Simon. What you have just told voters is that they may as well not change government because there will be no tax relief under your government.

It doesn’t resonate with your opposition to the petrol taxes and makes National rhetoric appear exceedingly hollow.

This is why I oppose new taxes, tax increases and subsidies. Because, once there, politicians never remove them.

Labour, of course, are hypocrites as well. They opposed petrol taxes and now, because they’ve spent everything and need more loot, they are suddenly in love with them.

Simon Bridges had a chance to make a difference. Now when he or anyone else comes out against petrol tax increases everyone will just laugh.

He’d be better off focussing on Jacinda Ardern’s comments regarding the failure on the war on drugs she made back in March. Much more traction there, I’d say.


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