With the National Party Tax launch, it is very clear now to New Zealand what kind of country National wants us to be.
Over Covid, Labour decided to look after everyone and leave no one behind.
National’s tax policy leaves the many behind.
What National are promising is a $250 per fortnight tax cut to rich landlords that will be funded by taking money from Early Childhood Education budgets for 2 year olds, literally robbing Climate Change funds and amputating Public Transport for young people.
To take money from our poorest and give it to our richest is so nakedly venal, especially when you consider the millions being donated to National by the Real Estate Industry.
Oh, and National will give their landlord friends the right to kick tenants out for no reason.
The brutality of what the Political Right are pushing for this year is a meaner society, a colder, less generous, malicious system who cares about the wealthy beyond all else.
It is the very opposite of what I believe this country truly stands for.
We are not nasty mean spirited people, we have bigger hearts than this and decent folk recoil at the self serving nature of National’s tax policy.
The Māori Party, Labour and Greens must work together to defeat the threat of what the political right will do to this country, put aside all the legitimate valid arguments that National’s math simply doesn’t stack up, put aside the crony capitalism donation links, just focus on the morality of taking from the poor to insulate the rich?
That isn’t who we have become. We are not that spiteful!
There are certainly pockets of our people who have been burnt and made bitter by Covid because we sacrificed unequally in an unequal society, but their pain can’t eclipse the better angels of our nature.
I believe we are a better people than the National Party political strategists think we are.
Now is the time for Labour, Māori Party and Greens to work together to overcome what will be the most far right Government since Roger Douglas.
First published on Waatea News.