Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, September 21st, 2017 - 179 comments
Categories: accountability, labour, national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: credibility, lies, low road high road, lying liars who lie, truth
For the second time this week Patrick Gower calls National on their campaign of lies:
The National Party is deliberately spreading misinformation that Labour is raising income tax – when it’s not.
Bill English is sticking by the claim, when asked on Wednesday if he could say hand on heart that Labour will raise income taxes he replied: “From 1 April next year.” But a fact check shows this is not true. If National wins, tax are cuts planned for April 1 next year. If Labour wins, it will cancel the tax cuts – but it will not raise taxes.
Jacinda Ardern is calling it out. “People want to hear a debate on the issues and that means the issues as they stand, not fake news,” she said.
This is what’s called ‘post truth politics’, where deliberate lies and falsehoods reign supreme.
And now, with Steven Joyce’s false claim of a $11.7 billion hole, and false claims about income tax rises – post-truth politics is here.
The truth is – for Bill English – the truth on tax doesn’t matter anymore.
My verdict is in: National is guilty of the biggest campaign lie. It has been deliberately spreading misinformation that “Labour is raising income tax”. This is not true.
I think this is a worse piece of misinformation than Steven Joyce’s fiscal hole.
This is all part of National’s scare tactics.
The real problem is that bald lies seem to be working for the Nats – at the very least they are not being punished for it as they should. Should the political left fight fire with fire and get down in the gutter too? Is NZ doomed to lying politics now?
— Newshub (@NewshubNZ) September 20, 2017
I want to call it out: National is guilty of the biggest lie of the campaign pic.twitter.com/H2DRGyvBnQ
— Patrick Gower (@patrickgowernz) September 19, 2017