Surprise, surprise. Finance Minister Bill English fesses up and admits that low paid New Zealanders would have been better off with Labour’s tax-cut policy.
According to the Radio New Zealand website:
Mr English has consistently argued (lied?) that no one will be worse off, but on Thursday conceded Labour’s changes to the lowest marginal tax rate would have done more for some low income workers than National’s tax cuts…
And what is more the Maori Party voted for the changes to the tax law!
Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell acknowledged the legislation will not help the majority of his constituents, and told Parliament it was difficult to accept those earning under $40,000 will receive no tax cut this year.
However, he defended his party’s support of the bill as honouring its confidence and supply agreement with National.
Very honourable. Shit on your people to save face with National. Nice.
National continues to try to out the person who did the secret taping at the National Party conference last weekend.
I can’t work out why.
Is it because they want to prosecute the person responsible? If that were the case surely they’d be laying a complaint with the police who would then be able to secure any and all footage of the conference.
Or is it because they are desperate for the interloper to be a Labour Party member. This would then let National put the heat back on Labour, and give them the satisfaction of saying “I told you so”.
Or is it because they are affronted that someone (not one of their own) caught them (mainly Bill English…Lockwood Smith and Nick Smith were an added attraction) telling it how it actually is inside the National Party machine?
The fact that Bill English read from a carefuly prepared press statement declaring that he didn’t mean anything that he said in that not-so-secret conversation adds credence to the fact that what he said IS National Party policy…I would have thought if Bill was so admanant that he had been maligned he wouldn’t need a script to make his point.
TV3 did themselves no favours milking the story all week though. By the time the Nick Smith revelations came along it was all looking a bit thin, and weak.
Now National don’t know when to shut up. If it’s revealed that the person in question is NOT a Labour Party activist then we’re back to square one. Labour can continue to spin the ‘hidden agenda’ message til election day.