Can Bridges really come back?

Mike Hosking wonders whether Bridges is treading a come back path. If he is, he is not making a great job of building that road, anymore than he made a great job of building SH2, north of Tauranga, when he was Minister of Transport.

As leader of the opposition, Bridges needs to keep his name and face in the media but his constant attempts to best Ardern in the house are, with one exception, a fail. The ‘comrades’ hit was quite good.

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

Mark Twain

As Mark Twain said, ?Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” You cannot put reasoned logic up against practised puffery and expect to win – the answer will be repetitious nonsense such as “We are still looking at it.”

Bridges does not appear to be great with the comeback responses, he is instead stuck on a script that Ardern dances around.

A successful predator targets the weakest member of the herd.

Why ask Ardern or Peters any questions at all? He should starve them of attention and go for the weakest in the herd, picking them off one by one. There is a wealth of opportunity provided by those on the Treasury benches.

Mike asks: Quote.

Has Jacinda given him a lifeline in the form of the Capital Gains Tax?

Perhaps the biggest mistake this Government has made so far is the multi-week gap it’s left for the rest of us to fill with ideas, commentary, opinion and fact on an idea that it has clearly underestimated the potential impact.

For a start the fact they sat in Opposition for 9 years and still needed a working group to come up with ideas tells you all you need to know about their work ethic in terms of preparation for government.

The fact they then after months of waiting still didn’t have anything to say upon receiving the report equally tells you all you need to know about their forward planning.

And the fact they are surprised at the reaction shows a stunning amount of political naivety. […] End Quote.

Ardern’s, Robertson’s, Parker’s, Peters’, O’Connor’s et al’s constant repetition of, “We have not done any calculations; we have not made any decisions; we have not (O’Connor) even read the TWG report; we will let you all know in due course when we have talked about it.” is becoming tedious. Quote.

If you can’t argue your case, you don’t have a case.

Cullen was hired to find a CGT and common ground – he wasn’t hired as a political operative.

And if there are gaps in the debate to fill, allegedly the job he is charged with, then it isn’t his role to fill those gaps given it isn’t his policy.

His job ended with the report delivery. […]

This country has, as recognised by virtually everyone including the very Government that wants to up-end it, a clean, clear, simple and effective tax system.

It is internationally recognised as such.

So why complicate it? Why add a Pandora’s box full of exemptions, questions, and marginal calls in order to “make it fair” End Quote.

A Newspaper