Dim view of PM’s legacy

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

The na­tion’s new­est po­lit­i­cal party leader has a dim view of what de­part­ing Prime Min­is­ter John Key will be re­mem­bered for.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately John Key’s legacy will be that he al­lowed the sec­ond round of ex­pan­sion in in­equal­ity,’’ econ­o­mist, phi­lan­thropist and now as­pir­ing-politi­cian Gareth Mor­gan said.

Mor­gan launched the Op­por­tu­ni­ties Party (TOP) in Novem­ber, with a vow to re­duce the gap be­tween New Zealand’s haves and have nots.

He pro­posed a Robin Hood-style tax pol­icy on Wednesday; a cap­i­tal tax on home own­ers that will off­set re­duc­tions in in­come tax across the board.

’’I want to hold house prices - not col­lapse them - and give in­comes a chance to catch up’’, he said.

This will boost the brass of 80 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion and leave the wealth­ier 20 per cent to ‘‘fund an in­crease in fair­ness in New Zealand’’, he estimated.

For the lat­ter group, Mor­gan is the first to ad­mit his pol­icy pro­posal would be ‘‘like a cup of cold sick’’.

‘‘This pol­icy is one you do have to go away and think about - and then have a whisky and think about it again.... And then over­come your rage’’, he said.

‘‘It’s a very rad­i­cal, fun­da­men­tal re­form for New Zealand.’’

‘‘The ques­tion I’m say­ing to New Zealand now is: Are you up for this?’’

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