Little wonder then that increasing the GST is as about as appealing to the electorate as a dose of cyanide-laced Kool-Aid.As I noted yesterday, I would have thought that a Newspoll showing a 37% approval of a GST increase to 15%, before the government has even attempted to sell it as a policy, is actually pretty damned good. Dear Henry seems not to think so.
The writing gets even more flowery, and rather oddball, further down:
But imposing such a change would require “a strong hand and an outstretched arm” worthy of the divine intervention that allowed the biblical escape from Egypt; and even a moment’s reflection on the politics forces us to come tumbling down from the thunderbolts of Sinai to the insensate debauchery of the Cities of the Plain.I had not even heard of said comedians, or their dwarf joke, until now. Obviously, I am not as hip a dude as Henry, but the net effect of the line is not exactly amusing, or enlightening. Just - peculiar.
Nor is there much doubt what form that debauchery would take: as the battle over the proposed tax change heated up, giveaways to low income earners would proliferate at higher income earners’ expense. As a result, far from being compressed, effective rates would, in the immortal phrase of British comedians Max and Ivan, end up as stretched as a dwarf in an orgy, aggravating the damage our tax system causes.