The recommendations of the Brash task force into productivity have been leaked to TVNZ, presumably by the National Party so that they could proactively distance themselves from the report.
John Key and Phil Goff are so opaque and their real convictions so mysterious it’s a relief to be dealing with Don Brash again, with his faith in the magical powers of monetarist policy and his majestic indifference to anything that’s happened back on Earth since the repeal of the Corn Laws. Say what we like about Brash, at least we know what he truly, utterly believes. His advice has little to do with productivity and will be hauntingly familiar to the residents of Iceland, Estonia and other such nations that have recently had their banks nationalised and their treasury bond ratings downgraded to junk status: flat tax, slash spending, privatise everything.
Key told TVNZ that Brash was a psychotic maniac (I paraphrase slightly) and that he would not be implementing his recommendations.
The task-force was negotiated by the ACT Party in their coalition deal with National. Finding out that Dr Brash likes tax cuts has cost taxpayers about half a million dollars.