The parliamentary Labour Party is heading off on another bus trip to the "heartland", this time to protest against a rise in GST. We find this somewhat ironic, given that GST was both introduced by a Labour government (when Phil Goff was a Minister) and the rate increased from 10% to 12.5% by a Labour government (when Phil Goff was a Minister and Annette King and Trevor Mallard were senior caucus members). We find it somewhat amazing the way that the passage of time and leadership changes affect some people's political ideologies.
So we would like to know two things, and would be grateful for your input; what will the theme song of this trip be? D'you reckon the TV cameras will be allowed to film a tuneless rendition of "Country road, take me home"? And more to the point; who's paying for this exercise in futility? Does this get included in Phil Goff's surface travel figures?
UPDATE: WhaleOil has the answer to the latter question. He opines:
Who is paying for Labour’s Magical, Fairyland, Money-Pixies Bus Tour?
This will make Phil Heatley look like a small time pickpocket. Labour has a fan page on Facebook for their Axe the Tax campaign which seem like just a tiki tour of slogans. It is Interesting for only one thing.
It seems that we are paying for it.
For some reason they have also photoshopped the side on view of the bus around the wording. You can see the crap job clearly in this photo. What I want to know is who paid for the wrap of the bus, that ain’t cheap.
And if you are in any doubt as to who is paying for this campaign, check the bottom of the page on Labour’s Axe the Tax website.
This is why the Parliamentary Service should be open to the OIA. As it is under Goff’s Leaders budget we have no way of knowing how much this is costing us. I hope the Auditor-General takes a close look at Goff’s leaders budget spending.
Typical Labour; do as we say, not as we do!