GUEST BLOG: Ross Meurant – Why I’m voting for Jacinda

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Jacinda,

I’m going to vote for you – not for your tax on capital gains – a killer in my view  for it is that ladder the elevated me from a working-class childhood to – a financial position from which I could provide my kids with what was a wild dream to me as a kid: private schools and Remuera residence.

Nor for wealth tax – utterly destructive in my view.  Lower tax is the way forward – but I digress.

I’m gonna vote for you, for irrespective of several slip-ups on COVID-19 security, you have done New Zealand well.

Regularly, I converse with business associates in Australia, the Middle East and Russia.  Diverse geographical zones but in each, you are a revered mantel.

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New Zealand is now longer, “the All Blacks”.   New Zealand today is, “Jacinda”.

Crusher has recaptured the conservative slide to NZ First.  But she won’t recover sufficient to put National back on the Treasury benches.

Paradoxically, the conservative slide back to National, strips any chance NZ First had of returning to the Hallowed Halls of power.

And as this link to my establishing the first MMP party testifies: without a running mate, the chances of being government are – well- zero. 

ACT aren’t gonna make it – in my view – whereas the Greens will – especially if Labour strategists read this wiki and implement a strategic approach to the election.

Putting aside National’s internal melt down, the real focus for New Zealand, in my view, is avoiding a second surge of COVID-19.

It’s happening everywhere – globally.  We would be arrogant (which is one step from stupid), to presume a second coming will not happen in New Zealand.

I was relieved to read yesterday, that your COVID team are looking to up the testing.

Go to it and KEEP NZ SAFE.

Ross Meurant, B.A. M.P.P. Currently Honorary Consul for an African state and Trustee & MD of absentee Russian owned commercial assets in NZ. Former National MP, former police inspector

 

16 COMMENTS

  1. The right wing in NZ have nothing to fear from a Labour 2nd term. It is not the doom and gloom they all thought it was going to be. Nothing has been done of any significance to improve the health, education and housing affordability of NZ’s growing poor class. Quite the opposite, the wealthier continue to get wealthier. JA might have good intentions but this has not transposed into any meaningful changes for 80% of NZ’ers

    • Agreed. Jacinda did a GREAT job with handling C-19. If Natz had had their way (and lots of other right wingers) C-19 would have ‘got back into NZ’ and we’d be in a right mess now, like most of the world. ….an aside…..Notice how all those that said we should relax matters and copy, Sweden, Aus etc are NOT being held to account for what would probably have happened had we followed their advice. Propaganda corrupt NZ media. Great if they’re are your propaganda prostitutes.
      Yes the economy is a real mess, BUT it is all over the world. So being so C-19 strict hasn’t screwed the economy which NACT hint at ALL the time with MASSIVE media collusion.
      That aside, I still say Jacinda is TraitorKey light. NOTHING really has changed and though some good has been done, very little of significance has been introduced. e.g. the sadistic WINZ/MSD, corrupt Civil servants looking after their pocket and NOT NZ’s interest.
      Mind you Jacinda comes across as a much nicer person than TraitorKey and anyone in NACT.

      What a real pity as NZ need a REAL left wing Govt to put right all the wrongs, cruelty and corruption that NZ has after neoliberalism. That would take REAL commitment to Kiwis and not the lip service that is all too often Jacinda’s style.

  2. All true and correctly stated.
    We need proper testing on several fronts but we also need the US/EU model of “serology antibody blood test to be done coupled with the “swab test” which is not ever been 100% accurate as China has now yesterday admitted this.
    WHY?
    We need to know who has actually developed immunity to the virus.
    We do not have these tools at present in the test protocol
    NZ Ministry of health is using only the nasal or throat swab test, which can ‘migrate’ from the nasal or throat in a few days we are being advised.
    The current ‘nasal throat Swab’ coronavirus test look for the virus’ genetic material in a sample of mucus, which is usually collected by a nasal or throat swab administered by a health care worker. and only diagnose a current infection.
    Whereas the antibody test (also called a serology test) finds who develops immunity to Covid 19.
    It signifies that the person has been exposed to the virus long enough that their immune system has been responding to it- which is the real gold standard now being used.
    Coronavirus Testing
    More Information
    “Before the coronavirus started spreading in communities, there was just one type of test to detect an infection; – the coronavirus test look for the virus’ genetic material in a sample of mucus, which is usually collected by a nasal or throat swab administered by a health care worker.

    What is this coronavirus antibody test?

    Unlike other tests on the market, the antibody test (also called a serology test) does not diagnose a current infection. “It signifies that the person has been exposed to the virus long enough that their immune system has been responding to it,” Stenzel says.

    It’s important to remember: Many people who are infected with the coronavirus do not experience symptoms. And knowing whether someone has been infected but wasn’t sick can also pinpoint people who may be in the clear to return to normalcy.

    People who have already had the virus are “probably not going to be a danger to other people,” Stenzel explains. Scientists are still working to better understand if and how the virus mutates, but Stenzel says the thought is that those who have “been exposed to coronavirus and have developed immunity and have completely recovered, hopefully won’t get it again.”

    Public health experts are also looking to serology tests to paint a more complete picture of how the virus spreads and to better understand its fatality ratio. The CDC is developing its own serology test for this reason”. Unquote.

    The following report here confirms that the current NZ Ministry of Health nasal throat swab test can be false negative in several ways.

    Proof is below; “A ‘negative’ coronavirus test result doesn’t always mean you aren’t infected”

    This was found reported in China during their pandemic, and they resorted to ‘lung Xray’s’ to confirm that the patient was seriously ill after so many confusing false negative swab results were repeatedly found occurring there, as reported here.

    And this also shows how false Swab testing is.

    “A test developed by the researchers was able to detect 2019-nCoV in oral swab samples. But samples taken about 10 days later did not have a positive result.”
    https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE2004/S00220/ceac-govt-must-increase-mass-testing-for-all-citizens-now.htm

    The serology blood test is now proven 99.8 % accurate whereas swab test is at best according to China only 80% accurate so we need the most accurate testing to keep our “gold standard”.

  3. Luckily I was already sitting when I read Ross Meurant’s latest column!

    I have ambivalent feelings towards Ross, partly due to owning an ancient crash helmet with dents courtesy of a Red Squad baton at Eden Park final test. Luckily, for me, the cop could not get a full force swing in over the edge of the skip he was in on Sandringham Rd near “Uwanta Car Spares”.

    Years of Ross’ right wing politics with ROC and National do not instill warm comradely feelings either. But, he has made the effort with his studies and later reflection on a lot of that stuff to update his views and reconsider a number of aspects–which many of us never manage to do in life.

    Even if his Jacinda vote is a one off, good on him–it is almost a patriotic duty to vote Jacinda this time. And National is near dysfunctional as its disparate parts–urban, rural, libertarian, conservative, increasingly lose their previous (publicly perceived) cohesion.

    After the election it should also be our patriotic duty to roll back neo liberalism! That is likely where Mr Meurant and the working class will part company!

  4. There was no conservative slide to NZ first, look at their polling over the last year.
    Going going gone…
    Good for you voting for Jacinda, I won’t be.
    No comment on those who did well from capital gain shutting out following generations in the process and defending their right to do so.
    The “progressive” left eh

  5. …because you’re a right-wing member of the propertied class, like Chris Trotter and other “progressives”… and because, well… Johncinda is nearly as good as Jong Kee for you?

  6. “I’m going to vote for you – not for your tax on capital gains – a killer in my view for it is that ladder the elevated me from a working-class childhood to – a financial position from which I could provide my kids with what was a wild dream to me as a kid: private schools and Remuera residence.”

    Ahh, the rentier mindset. Always happy to be climbing on the backs of non-propertied.

    I assume this because most capital gain leading to “upward” socioeconomic change in this country is based in exploiting property.
    Happy to be corrected Ross experienced some other variety.

    • Richard
      There are many theories on taxation.
      I prefer the policies which encourage work.
      The Laffer curve theory says if govt reduced taxation, more people come forward e.g. especially companies which move off shore to get better taxation rates – return to their homeland. And workers have more cash in hand to spend which stimulate the economy.
      In 1989 Roger Douglas put this theory into practice and- yep It worked.

      More money in treasury is more money govt can use to pay benefits to those who cant get a job or wont.

      As to my personal road which you appear to condemn? Unlike John Banks who wailed incessantly in the House when I was an MP, about how bad was his childhood – and how good he had done since adulthood (money via restaurants);
      I too had a ruff time as a kid – but I said nothing.
      I worked invariable 2 jobs (one as a cop the other as a truckie) Saved. Studied. Bought a house and sold it and took the capital gain to do the same thing – but moved into suburb I never thought Id ever live in. And sent my kids to private schools. All the while still doing two jobs – still a cop with rank but also running a security company providing 64 jobs for off duty navy guys and many pacific Islanders (I was joint owner of the security company with another cop Josh Liaavaa – a Tongan NZ League rep.)

      I suggest to you, that most people seek to provide better for their kids. I trust you do too. I see nothing wrong with that- and most who came from a poorer socio economic decile- as did I – used the capital gains ladder.

      • Woohoo – go Ross. Well said. Whether people agree with you or not in terms of your politics and your former life, at least you busted a gut to provide for your family which is what I saw my father do as we were growing up. He instilled a good work ethic in us and also the meaning of justice and fairness which is the theme that comes through many of your posts.

  7. Are you sure that it was any help that the price of your houses rose during that time Ross ? The price of the next house was rising too. Would it have made it harder to advance if all house prices had remained level? I think it would have made it easier to advance to a better house in a better suburb not harder. The only factor against that is that the bank might not have wanted to lend without the security of house price inflation covering their investment and the interest.So it might have been harder to borrow the money. with a well paying secure job though ( and life insurance ) , you would have been at the front of the que . Capital gains tax on your house is just like demolishing one room. You cant’ take the residue after paying that tax and go and buy a similar house with it. You have gone backwards.
    D J S

  8. Yes, pretty much echoes my own views.
    There is much I would have liked to have seen the Labour-led coalition done, but didn’t do.
    More police, reforming social welfare, capital gains tax… to name a few.
    But.
    It has produced a brilliant Prime Minister and leader of our country.
    Jacinda has proved her true leadership skills in dealing with three tragedies that no-one could have seen coming: Christchurch mosque attack, White Island eruption and COVID-19.
    She earned the trust of most New Zealanders with a mature steadfast attitude and decision making that belied her relative inexperience.
    It takes a special kind of person to achieve that in such a short time.
    She has earned at least another three years as PM.
    Let’s hope the rest of the Labour team can raise their standards to give her the support she needs and deserves.

  9. Yes Labour team no let downs for Jacinda please focus on getting her to the winning post come sept we the people of Aotearoa will help Jacinda and team Labour to do this our pay back time for keeping us all safe and what they can do for our future Jacinda you are mine and whanau rock we believe you can do this kia kaha Go Go Labour ❤️

  10. Mr. Meurant

    This cut@paste from an Aussie media suggests that your economic theory – i.e. lower tax to deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19, is the path Australia tread:
    ‘Personal tax cuts will be on the agenda in the federal government’s next intervention to lift the country out of recession after a grim budget update warned of deeper deficits, debt and unemployment.

    The Morrison government will consider faster tax cuts for millions of workers as well as tax incentives for employers in a bid to lift household demand and prevent a 19.5 per cent fall in business investment.

    The tax agenda is now central to the October budget as the government argues that economic growth is the best way to deal with a surge in commonwealth gross debt to $851.9 billion by June.

    “We will be doing everything we can to get people back into jobs and ultimately to grow the economy,” Mr Frydenberg said.’

  11. Nothing has been done to improve the health of NZers ??? Where have yall living for the last few months???? What do you think has been implemented to contain covid 19?? What is all the effort that has gone into lockdown…closing the borders etc…if not to improve the health of NZers …This is time to carefully evaluate and contain a virus that is sending most Countries back into lockdown or forcing them into lockdown…Not time to politicise and start picking at policies…

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