Taxpayer’s Union wonders if you can control crazy.

Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker Green Party

The e-mail I received from the Taxpayer’s Union did not mention the word crazy but I know they were thinking it. James Shaw is supposed to be the one sensible member of the gaggle of women that they like to call a gender-balanced party, yet he is nothing more than an activist in a nice suit spouting extremist, nutty views like the rest of the Green gals. quote.

Will Winston Peters balance James Shaw?s extreme CGT views? Twice this week, Green Party leader James Shaw said that the Government doesn?t deserve re-election if it doesn?t introduce a capital gains tax. That?s a stunning commitment to make before we even know what the Tax Working Group?s proposal will look like.

In contrast, Winston Peters has remained conspicuously silent on the issue. Hopefully, this is a sign that he is approaching the policy with more caution than the Greens, waiting to see the detail of the tax before making sweeping commitments.

This is Winston Peters? chance to be better than the Greens. When the proposal is made public [this] Thursday, all eyes will be on New Zealand First, which has the power to save New Zealanders from a capital gains tax if it fails the test of fairness.


[…] we are concerned that the Green Party?s reconsideration of the Government?s Budget Responsibility Rules is a bad sign in terms of the Government’s future management of the public accounts. The Rules, which Labour and the Greens pledged to abide by before the 2017 election, limit the size of government and Crown borrowing as a percentage of GDP.


Labour’s left-wing activists are looking for any excuse to scrap the budget rules without taking the blame ? the Greens are now trying to give them one.

Keeping public debt down is a matter of respect for future generations. It means that the government?s finances are future-proofed in the case of an economic crisis or natural disaster, and taxpayers are spared from high debt-servicing costs.

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