Free ice-cream, llamas for poor children and tax hikes for the poor are among the policies of the Civilian Party, party leader and political satirist Ben Uffindell says.
Mr Uffindell told The Nation he would lower taxes for the rich and raise them for the poor, because paying less tax encouraged people to be poor “because it’s a financially rewarding position to be in”.
However, the party would give every poverty-stricken child a llama, he said.
“Children in poverty, it’s not their responsibility. They’re not old enough yet to go out and become a CEO … so they need a financial basis with which to start.”
The party had costed $17.7 million for free ice-cream, but it wasn’t a free-for-all for the nation in which each person eats on average 23 litres a year, Mr Uffindell said.
“We’re not saying we’re going to fund every New Zealander’s ice-cream habit, I think that’s untenable. What we’re saying is that every New Zealander has the right to one tub of ice-cream at the expense of the government.” . .
It’s refreshing that one party is planning to do something to help the dairy industry.
The party wants independence from Hamilton as an energy saving measure and is on-track for the 500 members it needs to register.
Based on Civilian Party registrations and the number of people who read the website, the party should get “844,000 votes and will probably be the next government”, he said.
Humour was really important for the election, Mr Uffindell said.
“We all need to laugh and we all need to take ourselves a little bit less seriously and have fun in an environment that is too often too serious and too hostile and that’s why it’s great that the Conservative Party is bringing that in this election.”