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Does David Parker have a cunning plan?

Pattrick Smellie
Tue, 03 May 2022

Does David Parker have a cunning plan?
Full of ideas: David Parker is one of the cabinet's deepest thinkers. (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Tue, 03 May 2022
Asked for the umpteenth time on Monday to clarify her position on capital gains and wealth taxes, prime minister Jacinda Ardern expressed some professionally modulated exasperation.There had been a lot of “mischief making” going on about possible Labour tax policies ever since revenue minister David Parker’s out-of-the-blue speech on tax principles last week.Inevitably, some of the mischief has been of her own and Parker’s making.One of the eternal games of politics is trying to translate a politician’s choice of w...

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