GUEST BLOG: Gerard Otto – Four more weeks of speculation

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It’s the top 20% most wealthy who are thrashing around pretending they are the middle classes – who are now stuck out in the middle of the desert.

Heather du Plessis Allen cried out in the wilderness for mercy.

No news cycle could span the vast time between a set of recommendations and actual policy decisions.

The storm of outrage whipped up by 20% of our population was beginning to get fucking boring and repetitive.

Heather knew this as the wave had reached its peak and now began to dissipate growing weaker and less newsworthy every day.

“Save us all from the dying wave of hysteria” was the reality behind Heather’s lament as opinion writers now began to cringe at their own words – daring to write just one more article about a topic done to death with nothing new to add.

Yes the enormous expanse of time now worked it’s magic on emotion and started to soften the savage war cries of wounded property speculators.

Liam Dann even apologised for his article.

The plan was working.

Foolish numpties like Business NZ and the Property Investors Federation and NZ Herald opinion writers had rushed in and captured the Trojan horse.

But now they had to haul it across the whole 6 week Sahara before getting it to their destination.

Mercy cried Heather – this was torture.

Hauling this report for four more weeks was too much for any audience to watch.

Meanwhile PM Ardern and Winston looked out across the desert at the caravan of hot and sweaty wealthy pricks putting more effort into moaning than anything productive for New Zealand.

Fire a volley at them chuckled Winston.

PM Ardern nodded and a message was catipulted across the miles of sand.

“Not everyone has a column in the NZ Herald ha ha ha ha and we want to hear from them” read the scroll.

Heather’s eyes narrowed as she read the words….her face wrinkled like a rotting passion fruit under the hot desert sun.

The will to keep dragging the giant wooden report across the desert began to leak out of the hearts of the press and fry like runny eggs as the public swiped past the topic now.

For fucks sake just give us an extended capital gains tax on property and be done with it she said out loud.

A position nearly everyone now heartily agreed with and the result the coalition had always calculated would be accepted by this cunning use of time.

The Coalition were far too smart for the press and now had property speculators right where they always wanted them.

Morons like Hosking and Soper had fallen straight into the trap.

Like lemmings rushing to a cliff they all piled into the position they now find themselves in.

Nobody wants to hear four more weeks of speculation and the middle classes mostly don’t give a shit.

It’s the top 20% most wealthy who are thrashing around pretending they are the middle classes – who are now stuck out in the middle of the desert.

Four more weeks of speculation.

 

Gerard Otto is an activist and a writer.

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6 Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    how many kiwis have baches and how many kiwis are homeless we should be ashamed.
    how many state houses did national the party of good economic management sell of and how much land to developers did they sell , how many people did they let come here? this is what people need to ask and know.

  2. RED BUZZARD says:

    But is Mr Otto’s analysis correct?…or is it a fanciful wokey dream?

    I suggest the Labour coalition do a wee bit of polling and think about whether they would like to be stuck out in the desert after the next General Election….again …for another nine years

    …imo it sure as hell isnt the case of the conclusion:

    “It’s the top 20% most wealthy who are thrashing around pretending they are the middle classes – who are now stuck out in the middle of the desert”

    ….its quite a few Labour voters actually ….who are on the minimum wage , but who have nevertheless held shrewdly on to their property…by frugality and scrimping and scraping

    …also having been children of the poor they dont consider themselves as being middle class….but just keeping their heads above water and keeping the sharks at bay ( too bad if they start seeing the present coalition government as the sharks)

    Polls please…and of real voters…for the present Coalition Labour , NZF, Green Government!

    • SARAH says:

      “….its quite a few Labour voters actually ….who are on the minimum wage , but who have nevertheless held shrewdly on to their property…by frugality and scrimping and scraping”.

      I can’t help myself – this gave me such a good laugh. I’ve never met anyone on the ‘minimum wage’ who ever owned more than one property.

      • RED BUZZARD says:

        …are on the ‘minimum wage’ now….but were not always on the ‘minimum wage’ ie are older NZers …there are many of these and they don’t have KiwiSaver

        …one person I am thinking about left a well paying career to look after an elderly parent

        ( btw I do not own a rental property)

  3. mosa says:

    Yeah Gerard you are completely right with regards to the timing here.
    When i read that the release of the tax working group report would be February and the government would respond in April that the people arguing in support of no CGT would argue themselves to death.
    I think that has been the strategy all along.
    The guard dog is of no use when it looses its bark.

  4. RED BUZZARD says:

    “So Michael Cullen is earning $1000 a day!…over a number of months so he can answer questions about capital gains tax!

    …not very socialist is he ?…he has his snout in the gravy…not a good look for Labour…he should be doing it for the minimum wage…like the rest of us ….the great unwashed that is …

    …Yup there should be a tax for the very wealthy…and that includes Michael Cullen”

    ( comment from a friend who is on the minimum wage and always votes Labour…but maybe not any more)


 
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