It’s taken the buggers a while – they were thrown out of office, and rightly so, some 18 months ago.
But at last they have tumbled to the need to shake up their ideas.
Mind you, shaking them up doesn’t necessarily make them more attractive. Or sensible.
Among their proposals, according to the Dom-Post, is the removal of GST from food. This is a hoot, because (a) a Labour Government introduced GST and (b) at that time, and ever since, it has given us umpteen good reasons why GST should be applied to all goods and services, with no exceptions.
The Dom-Post reports –
Finance Minister Bill English has signalled a rise to 15 per cent in GST as part of a “tax switch” that will see income taxes fall.
Labour has campaigned strongly against a GST rise, which would put $2 billion a year into the Government’s coffers, but has stopped short of promising to reverse it.
An exemption on food – or other changes to the goods hit by the consumption tax – would justify Labour’s strident opposition and could mesh with the Maori Party’s similar policy on the issue.
The Dom-Post reminds us Labour has in the past strongly opposed exemptions for food, and Goff told the newspaper’s Vernon Small he still favoured a comprehensive low rate of GST.
However, as the rate increased to 15 per cent and possibly higher, it would hit low and middle-income people harder, so arguments for exemptions would grow stronger.
There’s more about Labour’s thinking in Small’s report. Go check it out.