Reader W.S. reckons “libertarians are taking over” – in the unions and the Labour Party! See what he means:
I offer these two pieces of evidence from this Herald article:
[CTU president Helen Kelly said] ...although the union was open to discussing the idea, she did not believe higher earners should have to forgo any chance of a pay increase so the less-well-paid could benefit.
"Labour's education spokesman, Trevor Mallard, said it was "outrageous" to propose setting the education groups against each other. You don't take money off one group of people in a workforce to pay another." [Emphasis mine.]
So... I guess Trevor and Helen don't support progressive tax rates then... or really... the concept of tax at all.
Who would have thought? The CTU president and Trevor Mallard are both closet libertarians. I knew it!
To paraphrase Harvey Milk - "Come out! Come out of the closet! If they know us, they can't hate us. They can't hate us if they have a libertarian friend. Or a libertarian son, or brother. Come out!"