Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


‘Pink thinkers’ see red over UF tax plan

Friday, 29 October 2004

‘Pink thinkers’ see red over United Future’s indexed tax plan

United Future MP Marc Alexander is pouring scorn on the Greens and the Progressive party for their opposition to United Future’s call for the government to give back part of its massive tax take to working New Zealanders.

“It is almost surreal how the rabid left have raised their opposition to allowing hardworking Kiwis to keep more of the fruits of their own labours,” he says.

“If there’s one thing that is guaranteed to unite the socialists of Parliament it is the possibility that people will actually get to keep more of what they work for.

“High and unfair taxes inhibit our entrepreneurial spirit to generate wealth, jobs and individual material freedom. The coalition against wealth of the anti-business Greens and the anything but Progressives trying to shore up their ‘invaluableness’ to the pinker shade of Labour simply want to replace the so-called greed of the successful with the greed of the government.

“What the Greens and the Progressives want is to undermine the right of people to work for themselves and substitute their own ideological nirvana based on what they think deserves reward rather than allowing people to vote with their choices and with their wallets.

“What these second-rate socialists conveniently forget is that my colleague Gordon Copeland’s plan to index tax rates against inflation is the very same argument that they advance on behalf of the unions when wanting pay increases.

“Now that United Future is pushing for exactly such a change, irrespective of whether you are an employer or employee, these socialist fascists don’t like the idea that the middleman of government is bypassed!

“As for the hugely untalented Matt Robson saying that United Future’s plan was a ‘timely warning’ to voters that we are aligned to National and ACT, nothing could be further from the truth.

“We are a timely warning that without us a future Labour government led by the Greens and the Progressives will turn pink into bright red. If that happened…then the red won’t be confined to the government but the pockets and wallets of all Kiwis who value work and reward!” says Mr Alexander.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news