TAX CUT BAIT
It is understandable that voters support whichever political party they consider has their best interests in mind, traditionally farmers for National and tradeunionists for Labour.What is disappointing however, is that whenever tax cuts are being mooted, people short-sightedly take the bait, not realising that the welfare system will suffer - as witness the current shambles at Christchurch DHB. Sweden is probably the most heavily taxed nation on earth but nobody complains as hospital waiting lists are minimal and there are multi-benefits for pensioners, in other words a model society. So long as we can see that our taxes are being used wisely and being put to good use, we should be glad to pay them and do so ungrudgingly. For my part, knowing, for example, that a prompt appointment for a prostate problem can be expected certainly beats fifty dollars extra a week in the hand.
rectify matters by intensifying its PR, it is hardly surprising that so few letters have been submitted to Conversations about the national election. The ‘Meet the Candidates’ event held at Toi Ohomai was earnest and painful. Seven candidates gave preprepared answers to two questions; what are they each going to do for students and for Te Reo Maori. They all spoke well, with impressive surety, but with the sun directly behind them.
The result was a blinding bid war of raw pork, without any serious acknowledgement of the event’s co-hosts; Toi Ohomai’s Multicultural Society. I waited in vain for any reference to what any of the candidates would do to boost the glue that holds our community together on a day-today basis; practical interculturalism.
Only National and NZ First candidates seemed to have any inkling of the need to balance the needs of people, profit, planet and progress to sustain prosperity. Most seemed mired in a selfish politics of ethnicity.