Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, July 14th, 2017 - 62 comments
Categories: class war, election 2017, labour, poverty, socialism - Tags: choices, conscience, editorial, labour, policy, priorities, tax cuts
Support for Labour’s policy from an anonymous Herald editorial:
Credit where it is due. It takes courage to say that if elected, you will cancel a tax cut.
That is what the Labour Party has announced with its promise to direct the money instead to additional spending, particularly on assistance for low income families.
In doing so it has presented the voters with a clear choice which, for those without young families or earning above the income limits, will mean deciding whether to take the tax cut or give the benefit to children of the less well off.
For the well off the tax cut is a meaningless increase. The decision to help those in need should be an easy one.
Most people would gladly donate $10 or $20 a week to a fund that would alleviate child poverty, a subject we hear so much about.
Herald editorial writers “hear so much” about it, a significant proportion of our population experience it, the hard way.
They might wish Labour intended to direct all of that money to poor households rather than retain so much for largely unspecified “public services and infrastructure”.
Indeed they might. We should have a discussion about how to allow that to happen, and raise further revenue for infrastructure. How about a capital gains tax?
Anyway, good to see the message getting out. Enough with the nonsense that there is no difference between National and Labour. Voters are being offered a clear and important choice.
— New Zealand Labour (@nzlabour) July 13, 2017
— AucklandCityMission (@AKcitymission) July 10, 2017
— Grant Robertson (@grantrobertson1) July 12, 2017
It's quite simple Steven, we're boosting incomes of families+re-building the health, housing+ed'n you have run down. https://t.co/yHFfMDzazY
— Grant Robertson (@grantrobertson1) July 11, 2017