There are times when the Maori Party will have to choose between backing the interests of the Maori working class or the interests of the Maori business elite. A common Maori identity is no use when one side wants a pay rise and the other wants to keep its profits; when one side wants a top-bracket tax cut and the other wants better public health and education.
As if a top-bracket tax cut better public health and education are in conflict!
Cuts to the top tax bracket can often lead to higher tax takes, as they encourage people to declare their full income and to not move away and pay tax in other places.
Higher tax takes mean more money to spend on public health and education. Of course, more money doesn’t necessarily lead to better outcomes – Labour proved that.
Do these people even wonder why no one has raised tax on smokes recently?