The Alliance is still fighting to make it back to parliament in Dunedin. Standing in the Dunedin North Electorate is a firebrand orator old fashion politician that is techno savy the magnificent the awesome, Victor, Billot!!!!. I will probably be giving him my electorate vote – the only thing holding me back is getting our $300 bond back. Check out his blog. Near the end of the Q&A session at the tertiary education debate on Friday afternoon (in Dunedin) a question was asked something like this:
“To the parties that support a universal student allowance and abollition of Student Loans. How are you going to pay for this.”
Only two parties representitives responded Metiria, and Victor. Metiria jumped up and got in first. She spoke at length justifying these policies but didn’t really answer the question. Victor stood up said quite frankly as he had throughout the debate “Progressive Taxation” or something in that vein. Before returning to his seat he threw the gauntlet down to Metiria (Hitting the Act Candidate and finally knocking her out…)
Metiria responded with a short yes.
I wish to challenge Victor:
The Alliance Party still puts forward a manifesto. Which is awesome, but I would like them to move into the reality imposed by MMP. The Greens or the Alliance or ACT will not be enacting a manifesto in the next term. The Labour Government has moved slowly in a diverging direction and hasn’t enacted a radical change. If you made 5+% or got a seat (Hopefully Dunedin North!!!) then how would you implement your policy? If you couldn’t get a majority agreement for your taxation policy then how would you fund the programmes you wanted to implement?