Sometimes it’s the little things that tell a big story.
Parliament is sitting in the press-Xmas period under the shadow of urgency to pass a rush of “priority legislation”.
Guess what one of the top priorities is? Abolishing gift duty.
That’s right, at a time when Kiwi families are doing it bloody tough, when the recession is biting this year worse than last, when top earners have had two rounds of generous tax cuts, and when the government is confronted by evidence of large scale tax avoidance, their priority is abolishing gift duty.
Making it easier to transfer assets to the trusts or the kiddies (on lower tax rates) above the existing threshhold of $27k each per annum.
Surely not a prioirty in the Mana electorate, not a priority in New Lynn, nor quake-ravaged Christchurch.
Surely not an example of personal responsibility – where everone pays their fair share.
Surely not bringing relief to the squeezed middle.
For National it is clearly a prioirty to bring yet further relief to the top.
Sometimes it really is the little things that count.