Media watch – Sunday

20 August 2017

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  1. The Nation.

    Phil Twyford looks more and more like Chris Carter with his hands waving over the place and spouting sibilantly. He really is a most unfortunate, bombastic man and like his mates refuses to answer the question about a CGT. Watching and listening to him feels somewhat akin to wandering into the wrong bar in K Rd.

    • Blazer

       /  August 20, 2017

      what Q did he leave unanswered…Adams had no game.

      • CGT ? How theyd bulld 30,000 houses a year while dropping skilled migration? Why they never built any new stock in 9 years? Why none of their old houses were insulated? How they’ll achieve anything while THEIR beloved RMA is always invoked and upheld ? For starters

        • Blazer

           /  August 20, 2017

          they never promised 30,000 houses per year,never mentioned stopping skilled migration,new stock was built in their term nearly a decade ago,none of your other questions were put.Do not make things up.As you know NATIONAL HAD A 4 POINT PLAN to address ‘NZ’ers becoming tenants in their own country’ -that was 10 YEARS AGO…biggest flop since…Fosbury.

    • PDB

       /  August 20, 2017

      David Parker in the last election was talking about a 15% CGT and top income tax rate of 39%.

      Hey Blazer – How’s your ‘magic bullet’ of a FBT working out in Vancouver? Hate to say ‘I told you so’…….

      “Average prices in Vancouver have rebounded to where they were before the tax’s implementation. In between, there was a marked drop, but it appears to have been temporary. In short, Vancouver is largely right back to where it was before the tax.”

      The real issue? Supply.

      “The number of homes under construction in Vancouver is at record levels, but is struggling to keep up to the demand. Vast parcels of land—currently zoned for industrial and agricultural use—aren’t available for housing.”

      “So while there are many things influencing house prices in Vancouver, supply is by far the chief factor. The very things that make Vancouver beautiful and unique—the ocean to the west, and the mountains to the north—also exacerbate the supply challenges the city faces when it comes to land you can build on, and in the face of sustained demand, those challenges drive prices higher.”

      http://www.macleans.ca/opinion/why-the-foreign-buyers-tax-isnt-making-vancouver-more-affordable/

      • Blazer

         /  August 20, 2017

        forget the last ..election…forget Vancouver…this is NZ…IN THE…NOW.

  2. PDB

     /  August 20, 2017

    http://business.scoop.co.nz/2017/08/19/labours-tax-agenda-starting-to-appear/

    Ample already for National to attack on Labour’s tax and spend – are they strategically holding back until after the MSM Ardern worshipping is past peak?

    “This morning on TV3’s ‘The Nation’ programme Labour’s Housing Spokesperson Mr Twyford once again refused to answer whether Labour would introduce a comprehensive capital gains tax in the next three years if elected. However he spent some time saying how much they really wanted to,” Mr Joyce says.

    “He also gave a sense of the scale of it – saying Labour wanted to use a capital gains tax to reduce house price to income ratios to about three to four – which would mean a halving of Auckland house prices.

    “That would take a punitive capital gains tax and a massive increase in interest rates. It would be massively disruptive to the New Zealand economy.

    “Mr Twyford’s language is the same as the Greens’ on housing last year with their talk of cutting house prices in half.

    “Meanwhile last night Water Spokesperson David Parker was threatening farmers at a meeting in Ashburton with a much higher water tax rate if they didn’t toe the line.
    “A number of people at the meeting reported Parker saying ‘don’t push us on the numbers or we will take the tax higher’ and ‘I’m not here to negotiate – don’t push me’ or it will be doubled.

    “And it’s apparent this threat was not a one-off – with another group reporting the same threat being made by Parker earlier last week.”

    “A regional fuel tax, a massive capital gains tax, and a bullying water tax,” Mr Joyce says.
    “It’s becoming clearer why Labour wants to hide its true tax plans.

    “They need to be upfront with New Zealanders on tax.”

    • Correct on all counts

      • PDB

         /  August 20, 2017

        It is becoming obvious that Labour plans to stall the economy, dramatically increase spending into non-productive sectors, and then to make up for the reduced govt revenue tax their way out of the mess.

        • Blazer

           /  August 20, 2017

          productivity has been stalled for the last 4 years ,as acknowledged by Joyce today.Keep the same tired scaremongering on tax going…its worn thin.

          • Where will they get their money Blazer?

            • Blazer

               /  August 20, 2017

              the same place its always come from.Stop regurgitating old lines…tax,show me the money.The Natz just announced another 10.5 billion for roading FFS!

            • PDB

               /  August 20, 2017

              An announcement that actually had the costs attached – Labour could only wish they were so honest.

  3. Corky

     /  August 20, 2017

    Just heard Sir Bob Harvey on the radio. He was teeing off on America. The glee was obvious in his voice. The Left can’t help themselves. Like Blazer, they must always revert to type and become nasty.

    • St Bob. Like St Trade Me’s Dad, St Helen and St Jacinda.

      The left are very religious when it comes to sanctifying political figures

      • Blazer

         /  August 20, 2017

        those are appear to be your words …ordaining people as …saints.I told you…stop making things up.You are as shallow as a Natz policy …manifesto.

  4. Blazer

     /  August 20, 2017

    just hope Bill doesn’t break out his…Safari suit.

  5. Missy

     /  August 20, 2017

    This is a bit of a long read, but worth it, and very interesting about the subject intolerance of opposing political views.

    https://semipartisansam.com/2017/08/19/lack-of-empathy-for-opposing-political-views-threatens-social-cohesion/

  6. Gezza

     /  August 20, 2017

    1ewes just mentioned they have brought their VOTECOMPASS online again. Apparently it was available for the last election. Might check it out later. (You can’t use it in Private Browsing mode.)

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/vote-compass-back-see-your-views-line-up-parties

    • PDB

       /  August 20, 2017

      Is that the same one as last time that had just about everybody being told they should vote United Future?

      • Gezza

         /  August 20, 2017

        No idea. Did you check it out last time?

        • PDB

           /  August 20, 2017

          I think so – if you weren’t a radical at either end of the political spectrum you tended to end up with United Future.

        • PDB

           /  August 20, 2017

          “1 NEWS has developed Vote Compass in collaboration with leading New Zealand academics”

          With Academics on board designing the questions it should have a real lefty spin.

          • Gezza

             /  August 20, 2017

            Personally I wouldn’t assume that. More of them might statistically lean left politically rather than right or centre, but I don’t see why i should assume it follows they’d try & design that slant into this election tool. Probably easier not to.

      • Missy

         /  August 20, 2017

        Yep, again I got UF, despite the fact I rated them at 0 in the questions on how I view parties and leaders.

    • Missy

       /  August 20, 2017

      Under Gender they have added ‘Gender Diverse’ as an option – WTF is Gender Diverse?????

      • Gezza

         /  August 20, 2017

        I got no idea. LGBT I understood but I have no idea what they’re up to in the alphabet now – it’s just got fking ridiculous. LGBTQAMNOPRSVWXYZ?