Labour leader Phil Goff reckons removing GST is simple.
This raises several questions:
* What about if the salad is served on a plate rather than in a bun? Will it make a difference if it is dressed or undressed?
* If not, does this mean that salad is only healthy when bought from a retailer or wholesaler but not at a cafe, restaurant or bar? Does it also mean that mayonnaise is healthy when sold with a pre-packaged salad but not when bought separately?
* If making healthy food cheaper is the aim, why stop at fresh fruit and vegetables? Frozen and canned produce can be just as nutritious, sometimes more so, than fresh.
* If taking GST off fresh fruit and vegetables will really make a difference, why not make a bigger difference by exempting other healthy food like meat, milk, bread, rice and a whole lot of other basic foods which are also necessary in a healthy diet,?
* What is the sense of taking a few cents off basic food items like carrots and much more, maybe even a few dollars, off luxury food like out of season strawberries or pomegranates?
* Is it really worth complicating the GST system which the rest of the world admires for its simplicity for a policy which will do little if anything to improve the health of the poor?