by Suze on the BFD

Political influence is stacked against the majority of law-abiding citizens

Following the release this year of National’s policy to go harder on gangs, Mongrel Mob spokesman Harry Tam was caught on video urging members not to vote National and telling Facebook followers about a Labour Dunedin MP who attended one of the gang’s ‘election hui’. Why are gangs involved in politics, you ask?

The majority of New Zealanders don’t fit in either of the headlined demographics; the only political influence they have is on election day.

This week saw discussion on Labour’s persistence with taxing ‘rich pricks’. Hipkins can’t extract any more tax from middle income earners because Labour desperately needs their votes but, surprise, surprise, Chippie indicated an opportunity for history to repeat itself.

“I’m confirming today that under a government I lead there will be no wealth or capital gains tax after the election. End of story,” Mr. Hipkins said on July 12, ahead of the general election in October. “With many Kiwi households struggling, now is simply not the time for a big shake-up of our tax system.”–Chris Hipkins

A political party pile-on ensued.

You can’t trust Labour on tax. They ruled out the ute tax and brightline extension in 2020 and then promptly implemented them both after the election.–Christopher Luxon

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