Earlier this week I looked on the NZ Green Party’s website for a statement on the Labour-led government’s Lake Onslow ‘pumped hydro’ project. I couldn’t find one. So I asked the retiring Green Party Energy and Resources Spokesperson, Gareth Hughes. I included a link to my earlier post:
I would like to decline the opportunity thank you. When your first line is “First we have a fake-left Prime Minister with a fake Covid19 narrative. Now her fake Labour Party (they’ve just destroyed thousands of workers jobs) is pushing a fake energy policy.” And you quote that thoroughly discredited Michael Moore documentary I don’t feel it would be a worthwhile conversation.
Interesting. I didn’t ask for a conversation. I asked for the Green Party’s position on the Lake Onslow proposal.
Watch Key in the Newshub video (link in article below) gesticulating with his hands, bumbling along, trying to describe a package that might just possibly garner a few votes from the folks who have effectively wiped him now. It will make you nauseous I warn you. He is moving craftily from ‘let them eat cake’ to rations of sugary election sweets, which we all know won’t last beyond election day.
This is a man, a former banker, who has basically raped and pillaged our nation since he was elected, selling off our assets with little accountability, unloading our state housing stock that just happens to sit on prime real estate … while heartlessly ignoring the 41,000 plus who are homeless, promising lollies here for the poor … having ignored growing child poverty in his midst, taxing himself 2.8% and the real workers 28%, and telling us he has a family package that will aim to … get this …
“deliver fairness to everybody, and a bit more at the lower income level”
This is breathtaking arrogance. Having quickly forgotten he grew up in a state house himself, he is totally ignorant of the true state of the nation under his watch. Unbelievably, he thinks he can just front up with a little lolly scramble to titillate the voters. For a reminder of what has happened under his watch listen to Green Party’s Gareth Hughes earlier this year delivering an apt and succinct overview…
Prime Minister, I’ve sat and listened to all your speeches opening Parliament and I’d like to congratulate you on delivering your 8th speech.
It’s a real accomplishment and you must be now thinking how history will remember you.
Just outside of this debating chamber are the portraits of our great leaders.
From Seddon, to Savage and Fraser to Kirk how do these giants who established universal suffrage, a caring state in the midst of a depression and world war and a modern independent, bicultural New Zealand compare with you?
Is the flag it?
Your desperate, lumbering, grasping attempt at building a legacy with a flag won’t mask the realities.
Hungry kids up
Housing costs up
Electricity costs up
Foreign ownership up
Corruption up …”
Simply cutting tax rates or lifting the thresholds at which higher rates kick in wouldn’t be “fair to everybody”.
“If you lower the bottom rate, you give it to everybody at the top and it costs a fortune,” he explained.
“Whereas you might be able to do some integrated family package… which delivers fairness to everybody but a bit more meaningful at the lower-income end.”
But changes to income tax brackets haven’t been ruled out. Presently, the top rate of 33 cents in the dollar kicks in at $70,000. As incomes rise, more people find themselves earning enough to start paying the top tax rate.
“People are getting bumped into the top personal rate without doing too much,” says Mr Key.
Asked if beefing up the accommodation supplement was on the cards, particularly in areas where rents have risen sharply, Mr Key said: “That may well be right.”
He hasn’t yet decided whether any changes would come in Budget 2017 or used to woo voters in next year’s election campaign.
For more insights into John Key’s banking past and the various anomalies we see under his watch go to ‘categories’ (left of any page) for further articles… see ‘banking’ in particular. Or use the search box.