Not surprising it’s the Greens who come out top, but only just ahead of Labour. I love the comment about New Zealand First being so vague as to be “impossible to calculate”. Not a lot of accountability from that quarter methinks. The only Party showing financial prudence is ACT.
In the same week we launched our brand new website, the Taxpayers' Union Bribe-O-Meter is enabling Kiwis to judge for themselves the various political bribes this election. Over the coming weeks we will be encouraging voters to visit the site and assess which political parties are offering taxpayers value for money.
Over the weekend we added the Green, ACT, United Future and Conservative Parties to theBribe-O-Meter.
Excluding ACT and New Zealand First, the total election ‘bribes’ - that is new spending not already in the budget covering the next parliamentary term, equals $12.7 billion, or $7,486 per household.
The most expensive 'bribes' are being promised by the Green Party. Our independent expert has advised that the Green Party's election priorities would cost taxpayers, on average, $2,893 per household! ACT is in the negative, committing to cut spending by the equivalent of $6,876 per household.
Unfortunately New Zealand First’s policy documents are so vague that it has been impossible to calculate credible figures for the Party’s inclusion in the Bribe-O-Meter. We hope to add New Zealand First – but if our expert (who used to do the social policy costing for the IRD!) can’t figure out the cost of Winston Peters’ promises how on earth can voters?
New taxpayers.org.nz website is LIVE As mentioned, our new website is now live.
Most elections the parties get away with making promises they never intend to keep because few take the time and trouble to work out the cost to the nation. The Taxpayer’s Union are doing a great job for us this time by getting out their calculators to see what it all means for the dollar in our pay packets.
A couple of criticisms though. The graph is hard to decipher at a glance. There are better methods of graphical representation. Also, it would be helpful if Mana/Internet and Maori parties were included as they might well be significant players post-election.
I doubt anyone has any issue with providing a safety net for those struggling to find work and provide for their families, but in the end it is the least well off who will suffer most if the net is cast so wide it depletes the ocean of all taxpayers money. As Margaret Thatcher said, the problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.