Cutting the tax cake

07/10/2008

National: for every dollar in tax cuts there is almost a dollar for increased expenditure on priority issues dear to the public’s heart – this is the nearest you’ll get to having your cake and eating it too.

 

Labour’s policy will take the cake you’ve baked, share it around and, when pressured, give you some of the leftovers.

 

ACT will provide no cake. They will however, give the tax cuts needed to enable you to purchase a dietary plan of your choice which depending on how well you manage your allowance may or may not include cake.

 

The Maori Party will hold a hui and invite you to share the cake your bring as koha.

 

New Zealand First will ask you to pay for cakes that it will sell, give away or eat themselves as its leader sees fit.

 

The Green Party will legislate so you have to make your own cake from low fat, low sugar, high fibre, home-grown organic ingredients and share it with your neighbours.

 

The Progressive Party will nationalise all the bakeries then force you to eat badly made state baked cake.

 

The Libertarianz will ask, “Why do we have to have cake anyway?”

 


Liberal’s mission helps Nats

08/09/2008

Glenn Jameson has been criticised by some Libertarianz for working for the National Party election campaign.

His response is:

I have a single-minded objective: to help bring an end to the most corrupt government New Zealand has ever seen. . .

That she [Helen Clark] said this without blushing demonstrates just how deep the corruption has seeped. She sees no vice in stealing money from the taxpayer to fund an 11th hour campaign that saw her retain power by the narrowest of majorities. She has justified within herself the bullying of the judiciary to drop charges on a prima facie case of the public money. She sleeps soundly at night in the knowledge that she took the unprecedented step to rewrite the law to make the aforementioned theft legal so as to avoid being taken to court by Libertarianz leader Bernard Darnton.

Two years later her government followed up this Mugabean act with the EFA, singularly the most draconian, anti-freedom legislation ever written in New Zealand: the act that works to dissolve the first and last right of a citizenry in a civilised country – that is, the right to criticise one’s government.

When I took the role on the marketing team for the National Party I knew I’d have to suffer the enmity of most of you here. I also knew I’d be roundly criticised by my peers for a campaign that was always going to have fewer teeth than its predecessor. I don’t blame Cresswell & Co. for their mockery, outrage and sense of betrayal; they will never see the light that exists between National and a party that is truly corrupt.

I want to see the restoration of free and fair elections in New Zealand, and since Helen Clark refuses to step down for the good of her country I’m doing everything in my power to make her. John Key has promised to end the EFA. It’s my job to make sure he has the chance to do so.

There is only one party which can end Clark’s government and that’s National.  Jameson recognises that and has chosen to use his skills to work for National because he wants to defeat Labour.

The comments below his post make entertaining reading.  Some are from people who pride themselves on being liberal but are appalled at he’s exercising his freedom to work for whoever he chooses; others accept his right to do it.

And for those like me who saw the the health billboard and thought, good policy – bad grammar, Jameson explains:

For the record, the line I’d written was “LESS BUREAUCRACY”. They wanted the message to be about fewer bureaucrats. I was overruled on the grammar. The ‘mistake’ was deliberate and all this extra attention it has generated appears to have made the minor embarrassment worth it.


Another Labour EFA Breach?

14/06/2008

Does this appear to be words or graphics which might persuade someone to vote for a party? It’s in the exhibitors’ product listings in the Fieldays catelogue under the heading Labour Members of Parliament:

The NZ Labour Party has launched NZ Fast Forward, the largest ever boost to research, development and innovation in New Zealand’s history with $700 million dollars (sic) of new funding. It is part of the Labour-led Government’s commitment to transforming New Zealand’s primary industries to meet future challenges. In Government, the NZ Labour Party will continue to work alongside farmers to ensure the coninual growth and prosperity of the primary sector and rural communities, and that rural people have the same opportunities as their urban counterparts. Find out more about our rural policies – www.labour.org.nz This is funded by the Parlimaentary Service.

A Hamilton PO Box number and phone number follow – but there is no authorisation statement.

Then there’s this for New Zealand First:

New Zealand First is Parliament’s third largest and most dynamic party. It has led the debate in New Zealand on immigration, the Treaty, a fair go for senior citizens, law and order and owning our own country for more than 10 years. We will be seeking your party vote this year to continue this fight.

It has a Hamilton street address, phone number and fax but no authorisation statement.

And this for Libertarianz:

Libertarianz is the first and only political party in NZ to have an explicit individualistic philosophy. We are committed to shrinking the power an influence of the Government in every area of our lives, and are committeed to the concept of a free society with a free marekt economy. We offer you a unique opportunity to influence the future political direction of our nation. Join us and say no to OSH, RMA, NZQA and all other Government nanying!

It was followed by an Auckland PO Box & fax number, mobile phone number and website address but again no authorisation.

And National? It had this:

Take this opportunity to visit our site and meet a Member of Parliament. During the four days we will have several MPs manning the stand and they will be available to discuss issues of interest to people. Come along and have a chat and give your views. National is very interested in hearing what people really think. This is your chance to have a lively exchange of ideas.

It was followed by a Hamilton PO Box and phone number and no authorisation but I don’t think you could say the words were soliciting votes so it didn’t need one.

 

 Then there were the sites. Labours had two big red banners saying Labour, with the party logo and parliamentary crest; and a couple of bright red banners saying Waikato Labour MPs with a website address.

There was no authorisation. So are the Labour Party MPs acting separately from the party? And does Labour have to account for a donation from parliamentary services for the costs of the fieldays stand and banners in the same way Bill English suggested it might have to with the Prime Minsiter’s office over funding the budget brochure? (Keeping Stock comments on that here)

The NZ First site had authorisation statements and parliamentary crests on its posters.

I didn’t notice if posters at the Libertaianz site were authorised, but did enjoy a discussion with the bloke handing out pamphlets 🙂 and the National site was set up like an MP’s office, with nothing promoting National.

So three out of four statements in the catelogue appear to breach the EFA because they don’t have authorisation statements and Labour’s site as a whole appeared to be advertising the party with public money and without authorisation statements.


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