The whole campaign was based on an untruth; Labour had no intention of axeing any tax. on Breakfast the very week of the bus trip The first admission came from Jacinda Ardern when she blurted out to Paul Henry:
It probably should be "Axe the Tax Rise", but that doesn't look snappy on a billboard.
It wasn't long before Phil Goff was forced to make a big admission; Labour would not be reversing the proposed rise in GST. By the end of April, Goff had made that admission on TV3's The Nation programme, and it was confirmed in September 2010 during the Mana by-election campaign, as reported by the Dom-Post:
A Labour-led government will not reverse the GST rise if elected next year, leader Phil Goff has admitted.
Phil Goff has called John Key a liar over National's GST increase which he claims that Key ruled out during the 2008 election campaign. We reckon that Goff has picked the wrong front on which to attack Key's credibility, when his own record on GST isn't that flash. Remember that Goff was a member of the Labour Cabinet which introduced GST in the first place, and which increased it from 10% to 12.5% in July 1989, WITHOUT any compensatory reduction in PAYE.
Once again, Phil Goff seems to have missed the bus!