No tax cuts – rebuild society

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Like so many of you, I have been disappointed with Labour in Government.  It could have been the First Labour Government all over again – focussing on the things that matter – but instead has managed, through the pandemic, to deliver a huge wave of social and economic inequality.

But yesterday’s announcement that the deficit was “only $9 billion” has set off the crazies on the right and reminded us that – at least – our spending priorities are not a further bonus for the rich.

The lure of the $10 billion that was NOT in the deficit should really focus the mind. And not on giving the rich a new car each. With the major institutions of the welfare state in crisis, $10 billion would not go terribly far, but a hefty dollop each for health (hospitals), welfare (cash), education (getting schooling back on track), housing ($2 billion there for a small but lasting legacy in the cities) and all the rest (shared) would do a significant amount of good.

Whenever New Zealanders are asked, the majority plead that their tax dollars be spent on fixing the gaps in society, not on a cash bonus. Time is running out for this government. A post-pandemic (or mid-pandemic, if the predictions of the researchers are correct) bonus for us, for the society, for the63 future of Aotearoa, would be a timely initiative which would repay itself many times over in a better and healthier society into the future.

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Most of the blogs published here will either respond to initiatives elsewhere or will be ‘newsmaking’. Some will also be reflective in more general terms. The blogs will be topical and interesting. I like to inject some humour into my blogs.

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