Sir Don Brash
If I were running odds I'd put Brash's chances of getting a knighthood by the end of next year as maybe as strong as $1.15. For services to the nation
The recommendation to have no capital gains tax - while hugely advantageous to the wealthy - is out of step with everything Bill English has been hinting at. It's "interesting" - but it's not exciting and it's not worthwhile, or - as implied in the heading - it's not practical either.
So Dr Brash has recommended some impractical things that are electoral suicide - that is what the National leadership have told us thus far.
The report has been a cosy jobs-for-the-boys retirement sinecure for an ex-Reserve Bank Governor who would have been scribbling away at it - trying to be relevant - regardless. So why not pay him a no doubt extravagant fee for having someone type up the notes of his economic wet dreams? That's privilege. Did he have to competitively tender for that report contract? Of course not - he's their mate. That's how it works. Did David Caygill and the others on this taskforce get appointed on merit? — or because they are mates of the Tories and will produce the requisite right wing recommendations? That's a culture of entitlement right there. And it culminates in a knighthood.
2025 taskforce. It's mission is premised on the notion that most people in this country will leave for Australia to make more money. It's just another outlet for the NZ inferiority complex. This is not to say that regaining our position income-wise relative to Australia in 1974 would be a negative aspiration, but appointing Brash and his acolytes (Caygill's congratulatory and encouraging emails to Brash were exposed in the 'Hollow Men') to undertake the work is going to warp and taint the taskforce's output as ideological and pre-determined.