Monday, September 25, 2023

Cam Slater: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die

1News, as part of their finance debate between Grant Robertson and Nicola Willis, polled people to seek their opinions on paying for poverty reduction and climate change. The debate was an unedifying spectacle that illuminated no one but the poll results were as anyone would have expected.

The first part of the poll was about whether or not voters think NZ is on the right track or the wrong track.

A Q+A Verian poll was commissioned to accompany the show’s debate between Labour’s finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and National’s finance spokesperson Nicola Willis.

The survey of 1000 potential voters revealed widespread dissatisfaction with the current state of the economy, along with a broad unwillingness among voters to personally contribute more towards collective outcomes.

On whether New Zealand is currently on the right or wrong economic track, just 19 per cent said the right track. Sixty-five per cent say the country is on the wrong economic track. The remainder were undecided or didn’t give an answer.

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No government can survive that sort of result. What is astonishing is how the extreme left cannot see that this government is being chucked out of office for being too leftist, yet the idiots on X (formerly known as Twitter) think that going harder left is the secret to winning!

There is no recovery from that result.

Now, this is where things get interesting.

In response to that question, 53 per cent were against personally paying more tax, while 40 per cent were in favour of paying more tax to reduce New Zealand’s level of poverty.

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Bizarrely, the Labour Government wants to increase taxes, even though clear results from their own polling would have shown that a significant plurality of voters, indeed a majority, simply do not want to pay more tax even if it reduced the level of poverty. Who would ever have thought?

The gap was wider on whether respondents would be willing to pay more for fuel and electricity in order for New Zealand to meet climate change commitments.

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is a tool being used to help New Zealand meet its 2030 and 2050 climate commitments. Through the ETS, emissions are ‘capped’ at a certain level, with the price of emissions under the scheme rising over time as the cap reduces.

Just 27 per cent were prepared to see prices rise, while 68 per cent were not prepared to see prices rise.

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Wishful thinking runs headlong into a reality check. What is also funny is the same people who think electricity is bad if it powers an air conditioning unit also think the same electricity is good when it charges their Tesla. They’re almost certainly suffering from over exposure to the cloud of smug they drive around in. It’s a classic case of everybody wanting to go to heaven, but nobody is willing to die to get there.

Again, this Government wants to ratchet up fuel taxes and is propelling New Zealand towards energy poverty with their ignorant policies around fossil fuels, and hopium about renewables getting us there.

This Government is poked. The people are voting with their wallets, and they certainly don’t want to pay more tax or higher fuel and electricity prices.

Time to put them out of the misery once and for all.

Cam Slater is a New Zealand-based blogger, best known for his role in Dirty Politics and publishing the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blog, which operated from 2005 until it closed in 2019. Cam blogs regularly on the BFD - where this article was sourced.


Ray S said...

Good one Cam.
Some vote with their wallets, some with their feet.
Will it change? not any time soon I think.

Anonymous said...

Cam interesting. What worries me is the undecided. Imo if you are undecided at this point in time then that tends to suggest that they might sway left. I for the life of me really want to slap some common sense into these 'undecideds' especially those who vote for the left extremists.

K said...

ACT may get second place after the Nats,

Anonymous said...

ACT is diving while NZ First is in the ascendancy.
Imagine if NZF were to get more votes than ACT and come in second to the Nats. WP for Deputy! Ho what fun to see David's wee face stop grinning.
Labour's support has melted away as no-one believes their lies any more.
John Key was mouthing off about election lies today, forgetting his big one about not increasing GST.

Anonymous said...

Right on the button Cam - Eligible voters need to put these "leftist loons" out of their misery via a ballot box maelstrom!. If Chippy thinks there is an iota of hope of recovery, then he is delusional. As for "lifting NZ children out of poverty," I for one do not want any more tax, levies {tax in drag} or cuts that will squeeze my household any further. And for what? To dish out freebies to the wholly undeserving, and re-litigate the past through eye-watering handouts to iwi. (I Want It?)
Free lunches, free breakfast, free school fees and uniforms, free medical/dental expenses, accommodation in motels, free child care...NZ simply cannot afford all this magnanimous charity when we are sinking in the quicksand of socialist dreamers. Parental responsibility. Personal responsibility. Moral responsibility. Whatever did they go?