12/09/2017
Dieuwe de Boer
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"Death and Taxes" - The Unshackled on Labour

Tim Wilms from The Unshackled is in New Zealand to observe our election first-hand, and his report on the Labour Party is spot on. Jacinda has focused on two issues: more taxes and abortion on demand. Post-birth abortion for the elderly is also on the table.

Issues regarding the economy, tax and spending tend to dominate most national election campaigns. However, in New Zealand’s general election both beginning and end of life issues have sprung to prominence in recent days. This is due to the fact that Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has promised if elected she intends to completely decriminalise abortion and has pledged her support for legalising euthanasia.

Indeed, while many have criticized the following image as being made to look too much like official Labour Party material, the message it sends is indeed a sentiment that Jacinda is expressing support for:

While I have previously lamented that there are few differences between National and Labour, in recent weeks some key differences have come out, with the clear divide being on both the issues of taxation and the sanctity of life. Tim concludes his article with the following paragraph:

It would appear under Ardern the Labour Party this election is the party of death and taxes and that the election of a Labour government could quite literally be a killer for some New Zealanders. While there are many issues at play this election certainly the sanctity of life at both the beginning and end of life should weigh heavily on voters’ mind.

The election is less than two weeks away, so we don't have long to wait.