Friday, 15 February 2019

15 February 2019


This first week of Parliament back for 2019 saw David give one of his best speeches yet.  If you didn’t see it then you will want to give this a watch. It is well worth a share, too.


I too am tired of hearing the term “fair share of tax”, particularly as it applies to higher income earners. They are already paying more tax by virtue of the fact that they are higher earners, and as such the least likely to need government assistance.  In fact they save the government money by insuring their own health, paying for private schools, and investing for their retirement. They are less likely to come before the courts or use police resources. So what should their fair share be? At the very most, the same percentage as everyone else – a flat tax.  What those who demand others pay their “fair share” really mean, is that they are envious of someone doing better and want a subsidy that lets them off the hook for making an effort to improve their own situation.

… the Swiss government must get approval from its voters by virtue of referendum to give themselves a pay rise or change tax rates. In 1975, the voters declined a government request for a tax increase. A prominent Swiss citizen, responding to a question of what happens next, replied "the government will have to live on what it has, like the rest of us." 

Unfortunately, we in New Zealand could be returning to the ideology of the politics of envy. The introduction of any tax policy that enriches the accounting industry is bad policy.


Labour seems hell-bent on doing everything it can to stuff our education system from start, to now end.  They want to kill competition in our tertiary institutions by merging all 16 polytechnics.

ACT suggests the opposite; privatise vocational education!

If anyone suggested that the Government, having failed as the owner of polytechnics, should take over the private sector, you’d think they were nuts. By the same logic, why should the Government continue to own the polytechnics in any form?


Genuine first home hunters are generally in work, and need to remain that way. To think that they would be interested to buy homes where there is no work, such as in Wanaka or Te Kauwhata, is just bizarre. This whole scheme is so badly targeted it’s out by several hundred country miles.


These days it really does seem that a section of the population are perpetually offended or actively seeking something to be outraged about. This week there have been three things in the news that I really could care less about: a completely naff political party advertisement; a café blackboard joke that fell flat; and a restaurant staff member writing a customer identifier on a receipt.

At least I am not alone, especially on that last one. Ryan Bridge writes this response.

Have a care-free weekend!

Beth Houlbrooke

Deputy Leader / Vice President  

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