The difference between Labour and National on tax (a short post because I don’t understand tax)

by Lord Sutch
You want details on my tax plan? What do I look like? A finance guy?

You want details on my tax plan? What do I look like? A finance guy?

So in the debate between Key and Cunliffe the other night, there was a palaver over a very minor point about whether or not Cunliffe knew whether homes that one inherited from a dead relative would be subject to a Capital Gains Tax.

CUNLIFFE BLUNDERS bellowed a number of pundits. HOW EMBARRASSMENT was a column in Girlfriend that I used to read despite its ungrammatical headline and it would have applied here too.

Then the next day Labour clarified its position. So all in all it had a well thought-through and comprehensive tax plan around Capital Gains.

Today National announced its tax plan on tax-breaks and do you know what those plans were? Those plans were John Key standing there going “fucked if I know”. He said that New Zealand “might” get tax cuts or National may take the $500m that they would spend on tax cuts and spend them elsewhere. John Key is pretty much shitting into the policy debate right now. He’s squatting right over the top of it and just crapping and laughing. Laughing and crapping.

To David Cunliffe: if you do not hammer him on this in the next leader’s debate I will sob into my tea, and then beat my tamagotchi again.

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Raymond A Francis September 8, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Unfortunately Labour did not clarify the it’s position the next day, rather that an ” Expert Panel” will clarify all the questions, presumably a job for life for Rod Oram and a few lefty mates
So neither Labour or the voters know just who the bill will be sent to

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Dylan September 8, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Tuned in briefly to the first two debates and I don’t know if they are adding anything to the political discourse in NZ. Cunliffe got ‘hammered’ because he stumbled in giving an answer. If he’d avoided answering through a witty comeback or just unhesitatingly made something up it probably wouldn’t have been mentioned. Coverage of the debates (and politics generally) is also very similar to sports in that the stories want to simplify it down to a winner and loser. Who scored the most points against their opponent. The ideas and policies don’t count anywhere near as much as your image and presentation.

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Mum September 8, 2014 - 7:36 pm

Your tamagotchi has been dead for years

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Hamish Mack September 9, 2014 - 7:26 am

Key was also wrong in his “question” or “shouty smirking” as it might be more properly named

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