As Bill English gives us death by a thousand cuts – searching for any cut against the vulnerable that he thinks the media won’t notice – he’s also always on the search for more stealth taxes. So Peter Dunne & Revenue have the task of finding any little extra cash they can.
But they’ve mucked up with their carpark fringe benefit tax.
Not only is it likely to cost more to gather than it brings in, it’s just plain petty.
But now advertising groups are starting to line up against it and paint it as National over-meddling (like Labour was painted with the eminently sensible efficient light-bulbs), it looks like Dunne is being left to carry the can.
In typical National style, he’s out of the country, so can’t defend himself.
But presumably a Bill didn’t get to Select Committee on this without National support…
It’ll be interesting to see how National try to keep this petty tax, but continue to blame 1-vote-Peter for getting it through the House.
And I doubt Dunne wants to die in a ditch for a petty carpark tax, so it’ll be good to see his response when he gets back.