I have a lot of respect for the Alliance. At least here is political party that, in its own way, is articulating consistent economic policies that stand in opposition to the cosy neoliberal consensus that exists within Parliament.
The Alliance makes a good point that Phil Goff's sudden enthusiasm for a capital gains tax has been an Alliance policy for many years.
Co-leader Kay Murray asks the pertinent question - how come Labour never introduced such a tax while it was in government?
Murray says: '“Perhaps it could be because their leadership has a long history of abandoning their working class voters while in Government, then conveniently ‘coming home’ when they are outside Government.”
Similarly Goff's sudden pledge to do something about price gouging by the electricity industry also smacks of opportunism, since Labour failed to do anything about the shambolic state of the power industry when it was in power.
“Is Mr Goff going to commit Labour to the public control of electricity for affordable power for New Zealanders, or is this just another throwaway promise?” asks Murray.
Given its dismal track record and its conspicuous failure to reject neoliberalism, I'd say this is just another throwaway promise from Goff - desperately trying to fool the public into believing that Labour really is different from National.