The bribe campaign continues

I don’t recall seeing as much blatant voter bribing as we are seeing this election. Party leaders seem to have a handout for every place they visit, trying hard to but votes locally and also to make the national news each day.

As the incumbent Government National have had an advantage. They used the budget in May to announce their big bribe, tax cuts for everyone plus a family package that boosted payments to beneficiaries and parents.

Labour followed with their own major bribe, free tertiary education (starting with one year but signalling more).

Both parties have also been drip feeding bribes as they campaign around the country. I have not keep up with the millions being offered on a daily basis.

It’s less than two weeks until the election and policies are still being dribbled out.

And yesterday Winston Peters announced his big bribe to his main constituency – some sort of new super gold card with lots of baubles and scant details. NZ First don’t seem to have done any homework, no costings, just a promise of something for nothing for pensioners.

The cost of NZ First election promises keeps climbing. Media don’t seem to pay much attention to this, but if NZ First gets to bargain for a coalition deal they could add substantially to National’s or Labour’s handout offers.

Labour also have the possibility of Greens adding a big hit to taxpayer expenses if they get into Government. This could be on top of NZ First requirements.

Parties have always been good at trying to bribe voters with the money taken off them by the state.

This election seems more of a bribe-fest than ever.

Perhaps MMP needs a new tool for voters – a vote of approval or disapproval of a coalition agreement.

But that would probably be pointless. All a party would need to do after that is come up with an ‘expert group’ that recommends things that weren’t detailed in the election campaign or coalition agreement.

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  1. lurcher1948

     /  September 10, 2017

    One tick BLACK for his gold card

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  2. artcroft

     /  September 10, 2017

    Couldn’t agree more. Both main parties get a down tick from me.

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    • Corky

       /  September 10, 2017

      Double draw. Double bulls eye. And a cordited trigger finger. I notice you didn’t lead Winston, Arty. Has his new Gold Card promise tempted you to hang up your spurs…in favour of a retirement village with as hitching post?

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  3. Pete Kane

     /  September 10, 2017

    Didn’t strike me as all that feckless.
    Election 2017: Winston Peters promises ‘new generation’ SuperGold card
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11920291

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  4. PDB

     /  September 10, 2017

    NZL First the biggest spending promises with virtually zero policy to pay for it.

    Labour up to $23 billion, have allowed virtually zero increases in all govt depts from year two except for health & education (the ‘hole’), all whilst keeping the economy performing as good as/better than it is currently to pay for it all even though their policies will grind the economy to a halt (the ‘impossible dream’) – disaster in waiting.

    A strange election where it appears the voters want Ardern as PM and National to keep running the economy but when forced with a choice they are going to go with Ardern as PM.

    Kiwiblog: Bribe-o-meter

    As at 9am 5 September (next update due Monday): 
    Nats: $7.62b 
    Lab: $22.82b 
    NZFirst:  $25.97b  
    Greens: $9.94b 
    Maori: $12.17b 
    ACT: $-2.43b 
    TOP: $10.69b  (all figures limited to costs within next Parliamentary term).

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    • Gezza

       /  September 10, 2017

      Ok, never accept the highest lowest quote, my old always reckoned. I’ll take the Maori Party one. Seems about near the middle.

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      • Gezza

         /  September 10, 2017

        😡 Damn! Damn, damn, damn!
        * never accept the highest OR lowest quote
        * my old man

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  5. Blazer

     /  September 10, 2017

    National must be holding the…Pandas back until the…last minute.

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    • PDB

       /  September 10, 2017

      Best to get your excuses in early Blazer – a Labour-led economic disaster is looking odds on & Ardern has already confirmed on TV that the economy is doing very, very well under National…..

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      • Blazer

         /  September 10, 2017

        how are you measuring the economy?

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        • PDB

           /  September 10, 2017

          http://www.focus-economics.com/countries/new-zealand

          18th July, 2017

          “New Zealand is currently among the best performing developed economies. While data suggests that the economy has entered a mature stage in the economic cycle and is facing capacity constraints such as labor shortages, it remains in great shape. Growth is expected to accelerate moderately from Q1’s softer-than-expected expansion supported by favorable financial conditions, and elevated business and consumer confidence coupled with a more expansionary fiscal policy. Although the rise in prices in the country’s key commodities has moderated, they are not expected to decline any further and the primary sector is expected to provide an important boost to economic activity in 2017 following a disappointing performance last year.”

          “New Zealand is set to grow at a healthy pace on the back of solid domestic demand supported by accommodative monetary and fiscal policy as well as strong net migration. Panelists surveyed this month expect the economy to expand 2.8% in 2017, which is down 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2018, the panel expects the economy to also expand 2.8%.”

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          • When you have a healthy economy is the best time to be giving out whole tax and welfare system a major overhaul. It is far too complex now.

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          • Blazer

             /  September 10, 2017

            well…
            GDP per capita (USD) 39,530, 41,748, 43,677 ,37,294 38,320 …look like downward trends..Investment (annual variation in %) 6.0, 8.0, 8.4, 2.2, 5.5 …2012-2016 from the link.

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            • PDB

               /  September 10, 2017

              The last two years shows an upward trend – cherry pick all you like but the overall opinion is under our current govt “New Zealand is currently among the best performing developed economies” & “New Zealand is set to grow at a healthy pace”.

            • Blazer

               /  September 10, 2017

              the Govt policies that impact on the economy seem to be wholesale immigration and property inflation.Confidence is reflected in how international markets behave,something in isolated from the NZ Govt and its machinations.

            • It’s nothing like “wholesale immigration”. Immigration planning has been caught out y the fairly suddenly halt to large numbers of Kiwis leaving, especially to Australia, and more than expected returning to New Zealand. The Government has no control over that.

            • Blazer

               /  September 10, 2017

              ‘fairly sudden’??The govt control inward immigration,10,000 chefs,6000 retail workers etc,…population obviously affects GDP.If you are saying net gain of 70,000 was supposed to be offset by 30-40,000 leaving,then this Govt must be hopeless at recognising trends and correlation between international and domestic factors.When the mining boom in Oz petered out ,it was clear that the domino effect would ripple through their economy.

            • ‘Trends’ have been very variable for twenty years.

            • Blazer

               /  September 10, 2017

              @P.G…your graph shows a very clear trend from 2009 ..on.

    • chrism56

       /  September 10, 2017

      How are you going on your 18 new taxes Blazer, or is that another one of your bullshit and bluster lines – like being absolutely transparent?

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      • Blazer

         /  September 10, 2017

        tedious…you can find the info..not going to spoon feed you.National M.O…..deny,then lie,then lie again…environment spokesman…Labour plan to tax water at 10c a litre,shameless,aimless,hopeless.

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        • David

           /  September 10, 2017

          “Labour plan to tax water at 10c a litre,shameless,aimless,hopeless.”

          Would you care to point me to a definitive answer as to what the tax actually will be?

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          • Blazer

             /  September 10, 2017

            1-2c per 1000 litres for agricultural use has been mentioned.

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            • David

               /  September 10, 2017

              Definitive answer. Not a fluffy guess.

            • PDB

               /  September 10, 2017

              *No set water tax rate.
              *No detail as to who exactly it will apply to & who may be exempt.
              *No detail as to how it will be charged/ collected.
              *No detail as to how the money collected will be allocated.
              *No definition of what ‘truly swimmable’ means.

              https://sciblogs.co.nz/chthonic-wildlife-ramblings/2017/08/28/watery-blues-freshwater-quality-policy-election/

              “Since a tax on water-use was first mooted by Labour, there has been high interest in their freshwater management policy. Details have been sparse. It appears at least, Labour intends continuing with the NPS-FM framework for water improvement. The response above however, is woefully short of detail and costings. Many associated issues in this brief response are poorly explained.”

  6. phantom snowflake

     /  September 10, 2017

    That we still have policies promoted as “Election Promises” shows how poorly our political parties and media have adapted to MMP. “Bottom lines ” are largely disingenuous and irrelevant. The ‘minnows’ are almost as guilty of this political immaturity as are Labour and National.

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