John Key has been pushing the “they blog on the left too” line, but he’s deliberately missing the point.
Not whether some in the Leader’s Office used to blog, but what they did and wrote.
John Key’s coup de grace is about “the left” (that hideous multitude hive mind I presume he means) recording conversations at a National Party cocktail party in 2008 and this blog covered that (but did not initiate it).
But given that was an incredible public interest story – Bill English and 2 other Nat frontbenchers revealing that they had a secret agenda including selling off Energy SOEs (and they fulfilled that agenda in the second term) – surely the public had a right to know that before they elected them?
This is very different from someone who’s in contact with the Justice Minister trying to undermine the rule of law for money.
Or someone in the PM’s office doing heads up on secret SIS information and how to word an OIA to get it as soon they’ve declassified it.
John Key deliberately misses the point not infrequently, like all his protestation on Government Inquiry vs Royal Commission. That is indeed a relatively minor point.
Compared to the Terms of the Enquiry, which he’s made ridiculously narrow.
And indeed on the focussing on one small area of the CGT. So much wrong is so little space. There’s not 300,000 homes in trusts, it’s estimated at 215,000 – which isn’t 215,000 NZers, as some people will have many homes in trusts… so it’s affecting fewer and fewer people … and then Key was wrong and Labour will look-through trusts and still the family home won’t be subject to CGT – and indeed CGT isn’t payable on inheritance, so inherited holiday homes won’t even cause money to the taxman.
Of course – as needs stressing – it’s a capital gains tax, not a capital tax, so you only pay tax on your profit, not the value. And why shouldn’t unearned income be taxed like all of our earned income?
Those who can afford to shelter homes in trusts can generally afford the tax…
John Key’s been wrong about a lot of things recently, and it’s good to see Radio NZ setting up Fact Checking.
Particularly grievous for John Key on fundamental facts about the economy he claims to be so good:
Mr Key has also repeatedly said the country is now earning more than we spend.
In fact the country is not earning more than it spends. The current account – the difference between what the country earns and spends overseas – is still in deficit and the Treasury expects that to get bigger.
If Mr Key meant the Government when he said it, then he has a point. But it is still based on forecasts. The Treasury is forecasting the Government’s books will be in surplus at the end of this financial year on 30 June 2015. But even if that occurs it will not be a cash surplus so the Government will continue borrowing for a few years yet before it can start repaying debt.
There’s also Judith Collins’ stating the Privacy Commissioner had cleared her (yeah right!)
David Cunliffe does much better – he gets pulled up on claiming that the poorest are paying 60% more for their electricity (it’s only 30%), and he’s proven right about 500,000 Kiwis not going to the GP because of the cost.
So who do you trust to be your PM New Zealand? An economic liar, proven to push through a secret agenda – or someone who doesn’t scoff about 250,000 children in poverty, but has a Best Start package to make sure no child in this country is left behind.
lprent: I despise gutless cowards like Cameron Slater, Judith Collins, and now John Key who attack people who blog – not for what they wrote but because they are cannot reply or they are easy to attack. It has been a characteristic of the right generally and a few on the left to attack anyone that they know or even suspect may be writing material that they don’t like. They don’t deal with what they said. They just seem to try to get them fired. The Colins/Slater campaign against Simon Pleasant is a good example.
Cameron Slater is the worst around for it. However watching John Key last night and reading whaledumps on Judith Collins made it clear to me the type of despicable people that the Slater man-child probably learnt his socially unacceptable attitudes from.
My best advice for younger bloggers has always been the same for the last 30 odd years on the net. Always use pseudonyms wherever possible. There are always lazy psychotic predators like John Key or Cameron Slater or Judith Collins who will attack you simply because you are visible, don’t agree with them, and aren’t in a position to defend themselves. Then they will use an apologist like Farrar to excuse their contemptible behaviour.