What the fuck is this muppet doing?
So instead of pointing out the horrific failings of this Budget, and believe me folks, there are horrific failings, the media are now exploiting the insane division between the Greens and Labour…
If the Budget seemed like smart politics at 2 pm when it was clear National had made yet another raid into Labour territory, by 7.30 pm it had turned into a work of sheer genius when it was clear the Greens were going to support National’s tax reduction law.
Labour alone opposed the bill that raises the thresholds at which the lowest two tax rates cut in.
Even New Zealand First supported it on the basis that some improvement to income is better than none.
It wasn’t calculated genius by National. The Greens’ move surprised everyone, Labour included.
Labour’s finance spokesman, Grant Robertson, didn’t know until I told him, although that was apparently just a communications glitch. Someone in the Greens had told someone in Labour.
While it may seem of little consequence whether the Greens support or oppose a Budget measure than is going to pass anyway, it is important in the context of the election.
With the election only four months away, the Greens supporting the centre-piece of the National Government’s Budget and Labour opposing it is an entirely different context.
It undermines the carefully crafted measures both Labour and the Greens have struck to co-operate where they can and to gain the confidence of voters.
…let’s just count the ways the budget is a total failure before I start in on the Greens…
- National is increasing spending on prisons & military in greater percentages than welfare.
- The tax package is heavily skewed towards high-income Kiwis.
- The bottom half of income earners get 20% of the value of the cuts. The top 10% also get 20% of the money.
- The poorest 800,000 get nothing.
- 500,000 low income working Kiwis get $1 a week net.
- Health gets a real terms cut of $200m
- Education gets a real terms cut of $80m
- It does nothing for housing.
- The extra $2b for infrastructure is only paying for cost blow-outs, not new projects
- Accommodation Supplement increase is a con job
- Cuts home insulation program when we know 1600 NZers die from the cold each year, that’s a death sentence for some of our most vulnerable.
…but we aren’t discussing why the Budget is a real horror story, oh no, we are discussing how the bloody Greens are voting for this Budget!
The Greens have allowed themselves to get played by the National Party who are right now running around telling everyone who will listen that even the Greens support this rip-off Budget, bloody Bill English did yesterday!
I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times, the Greens have a major staffing problem in terms of tactics and strategy and are effectively chequers players trying to play Chess. It didn’t seem to occur to anyone within the Greens that voting for the Budget would become a major story or how it would be seen as just more division between them and Labour when they are supposed to be looking unified 4 months out from the election or how it gives the bloody National Party ammunition to use consistently throughout the entire election, and of course when they make these dumb decisions, they can’t u-turn once the magnitude of stupidity hits them so they are doomed to nail their flag to the ship of the damned they’ve built.
My understanding from sources within the Party is that there are deep divisions over how James Shaw has run things since becoming leader.
The appointment of a toxic Wellington Twitter warrior like The Ruminator as their communications person, the weird attempt to implement a wonk on budgeting election promises as their state of the nation 2 years ago, their support for Red Peak that only ended up proving how out of touch the Twitter elite are, their even weirder ‘we aren’t radical’ state of the nation last year, their weird decision to look like smug arseholes on the front cover of North & South and their even weirder decision to run against Jacinda are now joined by this idiocy which National will use all the way until Election day.
With allies like the Greens, you actually don’t need enemies.
I have voted Green all my life, but they are making it so difficult to vote for them in September.
They can’t seem to see the endangered forest for the native trees. Bill English must be laughing his arse off.
Serious question time, if these schoolboy errors in political tactics and strategy are all the Greens can muster how the Christ can they be trusted with Executive Power?