National Party members and MPs used to be horrified when Libertarianz called them National Socialists. Now, they issue press releases boasting about their prowess at redistribution, prompting ACT’s David Seymour to state the obvious:
The ACT Leader has lambasted the Government over what he calls it's "socialist streak" - calling for tax relief for New Zealand's top earners.
He said Government "boasting" about income redistribution took "campaigning from the right and governing from the left to a whole new level."
His comments come after Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce released Treasury data showing income redistribution had increased, with the top 10 per cent of households forecast to pay 37.2 per cent of income tax in 2016/17, compared with 35.5 per cent in 2007/08.
"The National Party has quit hiding its socialist streak – it's boasting about it," said Seymour.
"Once again, ACT has to ask: What's the point in electing a National government that taxes and spends like a Labour one?"
I’ve always wondered.