Goodness; surely the Labour Party wouldn't tell fibs would they? Fancy trying to peddle the line that GST is going up by the amount it is going up to! Which of Labour's economic wizards wrote the pamphlet, we wonder?
National's describing a pamphlet being distributed by Labour on the GST increase as deceptive and misleading.
The leaflet has been sent out by electorate MPs and describes how power, phone, rates, food and car prices all going to increase come October 1.
But the figures are calculated at 15 percent extra rather than the actual increase of two and a half percent.
National MP Craig Foss discovered the leaflet in his electorate and is furious because it's got the figures wrong and doesn't tell people they are being compensated with tax cuts.
Mr Foss says what's worse is that it's funded by the Labour leader's office - in other words, the taxpayer.
It raises a couple of other points too; was it not the Labour Party which introduced GST in 1986? Indeed it was, and ironically, the Labour leader whose office funded this pamphlet was a member of the Labour cabinet which introduced GST. That same Labour leader, the Hon Phil Goff was an even more senior member of the Labour cabinet which increased GST from 10% to 12.5% in July 1989, without any compensatory rise in comes or reduction in taxation.
Yes dear readers; Phil Goff is a hypocrite. His budget also extended to a bus trip around the country earlier in the year under the by-line Axe the Tax. Of course, Goff has since admitted that Labour has no plans at all to axe the GST increase, but that the party DOES plan to roll back the tax cuts which will offset the GST rise. Once again, a large number of New Zealanders would be worse off thanks to Phil Goff's policies.
We reckon that this is further evidence that Labour has learned nothing from its pledge card deception in 2005, and its defeat in 2008. Labour's strategists expect New Zealanders to buy their bluff and blunder, where facts matter far less than that scaremongering. We'd be prepared to wager that Pete Hodgson was involved in some way in the production of this pamphlet. If this is going to be Labour's message, then bring on a few by-elections!