There are times when National’s opposition to the Coalition government’s new policies leaves one shaking their head in utter dismay. Jami-Lee Ross – a notorious union-basher and unrepentant enemy of workers – shedding crocodile tears for the poor of this country, is not a pretty sight…
A response was called for, pointing out the crass hypocrisy of National to invoke the welfare of the poor to score a cheap political point;
from: Frank Macskasy
to: NZ Herald <email@example.com>
date: 29 April 2018
subject: Letter to the editor
Letters to the editor
National’s transport spokesperson, Jami-Lee Ross, recently criticised the new Coalition government’s plans to promote the use of electric vehicles. On 27 April, Ross said;
“It would effectively be a tax on the poor, you’d see the poorest New Zealanders who are purchasing second-hand Japanese imports having to pay the levy which would go towards subsidising electric vehicles for those who are more likely to be wealthier – and more likely to be able to purchase an electric vehicle.”
The sheer hypocrisy for Ross to cry a river of crocodile tears for the poor when, for nine years, National caused great harm to the poorest families and individuals of our once egalitarian nation.
- raised ACC levies for workers by a staggering 21%
- increased GST from 12.5% to 15% – raising food prices 4% that year
- announced increases for petrol excise duty of 3 cents per litre for 2013, 2014, and 2015*, with Road user charges increasing similarly
- raised Family Court fees to $900
- increased prescription charges from $3 to $5
- implemented the infamous “paperboy tax” in 2012 by cutting children’s tax refunds
- and other increases to government charges, fees, surtaxes, et al
Ross would do well to examine National’s own abysmal record. They hardly helped the poorest families struggling to make ends meet.
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* 9 cents/litre, spread over three years.
Ross also demanded that the Coalition government do more to purchase electric vehicles;
“I’d encourage this government to continue with what National did by exempting road-user charges, I’d encourage them to continue to purchase more electric vehicles as a government, so the government fleet is full of more electric vehicles.”
The new Labour-Green-NZ First government certainly could not do worse than their National predecessors. In 2016, National’s then Minister for Energy, Simon Bridges, dumped proposals to assist in the purchase EVs for State agencies;
Cabinet has pulled the handbrake on its Electric Vehicles plan, pulling proposals to help agencies cover the extra cost, documents show.
Bridges’ excuse was about as pathetic as a Crown minister could possibly get;
But Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he canned the two proposals, in order to be “more ambitious” later.
This is the National Party lecturing the rest of us how to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.
They have nothing to offer except more of the same failed policies from the 20th Century that have led humanity to the abyss of cataclysmic climate change.
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