Paul Willcocks at Paying Attention writes No room for retreat on HST. He applies his usual unemotional, logical mind to HST. He cuts through the misinformation, posturing and partisan rhetoric and says the average person’s response to HST comes down to this:
“. . . many of them don’t like the idea of paying more to provide tax breaks for corporations, not to improve health care or public safety.
“. . . They are angry at being ordered to pay more taxes so business can pay less, with no discussion or consultation. And they’re insulted that Campbell and company say the problem is that voters can’t grasp the obvious benefits – that they are, in short, not as smart as their masters.
“Footnote: The government’s pro-HST ad campaign starts once the petition drive ends. The risk is a backlash when the public sees tax dollars spent to promote a tax change the public has rejected.”
The title of this piece represents my analysis of the results due Gordon Campbell and his Liberal associates. They’ve never belonged in what traditionally was a centrist political party anyway. Like the radicals they are, Campbell and friends should head for the right wing fringe where they belong. Pigs fattened at the trough remain pigs no matter how they are labelled.