Read My Lips: National will not raise GST! [update 5]
18 Days before the election, in 2008: “National’s not going to be raising GST.”
Yesterday, 2:20pm: “The Government is … carefully considering a modest increase in the rate of GST.”
Here, then, is the horse’s mouth [hat tip Julian D.]. And it’s not a gift horse, it’s a lying one:
And no fear saying he didn’t know about the economic crisis when he said it.
UPDATE 2: For youngsters reading this wondering about the phrase “Read my lips,” it refers to one of history’s top ten most unfortunate political one-liners—the one that lost George Bush Sr. his second presidential election, i.e., “Read my lips: No new taxes”:
“That pledge was the centerpiece of Bush's acceptance address, written by speechwriter Peggy Noonan, for his party's nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention. It was a strong, decisive, bold statement, and you don't need a history degree to see where this is going. . . Bush raised taxes. His words were used against him by then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton in a devastating attack ad during the 1992 presidential campaign.”
Speaking of which:
I wouldn’t be surprised if, before the day is out, something similar (but with John Key instead of the hapless Bush I) will be winging its way virally round the web.
UPDATE 3: Key answers in Parliament. Apparently it depends on the meaning of the word “not.” Well, almost.
UPDATE 4: Our Blunt cartoonist discovers an empty suit sitting dead centre on the fence . . .
UPDATE 5: Since John Boy claims you need to know the context in which his original statement was made, here’s the original article in which he was quoted:
“National leader John Key said told a press conference this morning that if National is elected and does a ‘half decent job’ at growing the economy, then increasing GST and the top tax rate will not be necessary.”
It just gets worse, doesn’t it.
“With the Nats now backing away from previous statements that a rise in GST is "not on the agenda" and is "not our policy", it appears the two parties the Nats need to govern need to make clear what their policies are. . .
“Being seen to support an increase in the price of everything to offset tax cuts that may be seen to be for those on higher incomes could cost the Maori Party dearly.
“However what about ACT? . . .
“The test is simple - is ACT a party that people voted for so that government could cut one tax but increase another?
Will they pass?