Six months ago, I thought Labour would be returned at the next General Election – as a result of National losing.
Today, I reckon National will gain the Treasury Benches – as a result of Labour losing.
No well-timed celebrity marriage can, in my view, stop the slide to the Back Benches for Labour.
Putting aside Jacinda’s fairy tale promise of free tertiary education, there are simply too many dumb policy proposals and failures, to turn back the swing away from the Government.
Putting aside the cheap housing build (Yeah Right m8) fiasco and political guillotine proposals for capital gains tax, the latest proposal to remove the 90-day tenant removal right from landlords, is a bridge too far.
The damage this would do to availability of rental properties!
Like the damage capital gains tax would do to aspiring young people who work hard for their first house and then harder for the second better situated (higher eco socio zone) abode!
Like the elevation in our taxation to pay for the neighbour’s kid to get “free” tertiary education!
Nothing is free in politics. That is shorthand for, “We, the taxpayers, get the bill”.
For a political party to ignore the reality of politics, oblivion is inevitable.
The biggest beneficiary with be Winston.
The deputy PM may be a lot of things, but he is not stupid. Canning the 90-day removal, like canning capital gains and so many other astute (or cunning – depends on you point of view) tactical manoeuvres by Winnie, is what political survival is all about.
Ross Meurant is a former Police Officer, Politician and author. His current book is available to purchase here…