Key has now said that he will not introduce an increase in GST if the data proves that some kiwis will be worse off, or if he can’t get support from the Maori party. What..??? Astounding.!
The government’s Tax Working Group presented its discussion paper on GST at the end of July last year, so the govt has had all this time to do the figures around this important piece of tax reform. What have English and Dunne been doing for the past 6 months? Both Key and English have previously said in the House and the press that no New Zealander will be worse off when GST is increased to 15%, but now we have this amazing admission that perhaps they were wrong. We always knew they were – and told them so – perhaps they should have listened to the party that represents the many not the few: NZ Labour.
As for the Maori party – again, Key, English and co have had 6 months to consult and build concensus with their coalition partner on this important issue, but obviously didn’t even tell them their plans before the PM’s state to parliament. Some coalition, some partnership - where’s the trust.?
So Key’s flip flop appears to be an admission that he is wrong re the numbers and a case of out-and-out incompetence (wouldn’t want to be Bill English at this moment in time). As for the Tax Working Group – they must be wondering why they bothered.!