Monday, August 22, 2005

Can a middle ground voter vote national?

Kiwi pundit accidentally reminds us of something that may well make National more acceptable to middle of the road voters. They will need a coalition with NZ first.
Now NZ first is a party that appears to be falling apart and Winston has stopped making much sense BUT there is a good chance he will neuter all sorts of policy proposals of national's. He may well enforce fiscal responsibility.
NZ first proposes removing GST from petrol - this is a very flat tax break heavily in favour of those on low incomes (it also screws up attempts to obey Kyoto and vaguely encourages a bad balance of payments).
But in the end it doesn’t matter much the negotiation process will eat into Nationals ability to have extreme cuts in services and to offer heavy tax cuts. Result? Probably an even more popularise policy.

2 Comments:

Blogger Nigel Kearney said...

Labour is also likely to need NZ First to have a majority. But they already have anti-growth policies so the effect will be less.

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anderson Gehling said...

Very nice. Keep up the good work.

11:17 AM  

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