The proposition to exempt items from GST came up again in the States. It was split into two parts:
Goods and Services Tax: exemption or zero-rating for foodstuffs and domestic energy (Paragraph (a)(i)-food
This is the way Anne Dupre voted:
Deputy Anne Teresa Dupre - CONTRE
This is what her election manifesto said:
GST: I am totally against GST on food and children's clothes. In 1973 the UK government introduced VAT, but food, children's clothes, books, newspapers and magazines were zero-rated or exempt. We normally follow the UK in a somewhat slavish way, but on this occasion, the States thought they knew best - how wrong they were! The majority of Islanders are against this tax as it affects every single person, from the young to the old. It affects the care homes, hospitals, nursing homes, nurseries etc.
In fairness, I should mention that her election manifesto did not in fact mention GST on energy, but this part
Goods and Services Tax: exemption or zero-rating for foodstuffs and domestic energy (paragraph (a)(ii)-domestic energy 01 April 2009
She did in fact vote for:
Deputy Anne Teresa Dupre - POUR
Nevertheless, the complete about turn on her manifesto promise in such a short space of time is amazing! I would hope an explanation or better still - an apology for misleading her constituents - would be forthcoming. As I've said before, I have no problem with people (such as Sean Power or Ian Gorst) who are consistently against exemptions - I think where the JEC is concerned, it would be nice to see if they could have a rethink - but people who say one thing, and flatly contradict it with their actions - should treat their electors better. Surely we need some standards of honesty in public life?
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