Axe the tax? Labour would if it could. But it can't. So maybe the tax will stay. Maybe it won't. Who knows. Labour isn't saying. And it won't be saying for quite a while yet.
Week in politics
Well, there were some goodies under the Government's Christmas tree after all.
Lesser mortals would have been nowhere near as relaxed and unperturbed as Don Brash seemed to be after the Prime Minister put the kibosh on the radical recommendations of his 2025 Taskforce.
How on earth did that happen? If they haven't already conducted a postmortem, National's strategists might well ask themselves how Labour managed to set the political agenda so easily this week on the crucial question of how to preserve jobs in the current economic recession.
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia broke the rules by turning up to her parliamentary office this week despite battling a terrible flu and head cold.
Bill English's Budget may have paved the first few kilometres on what he has called the "road to recovery".
The unwelcome ghosts of austere budgets past loom large and linger ominously in the dank, though slightly lightening economic gloom. The Prime Minister accordingly has set in train the necessary rites of exorcism.
It was Dr Michael Cullen who put it most succinctly when, toward the end of his valedictory speech, he turned to the Green Party, wished it luck and added: "But loosen up a bit. Saving the planet needs to sound less like punishment for our sins if it is going to work".
The optimistic Prime Minister John Key is being unusually downbeat about National's prospects in the Mt Albert by-election.
Much has been made of the "mana enhancing relationship" National and the Maori Party have enshrined in their relationship.
When Helen Clark flies to New York to take up her prestigious United Nations posting, will New Zealand's so-called independent foreign policy take flight with her?
So the National Government is variously inching, shifting, drifting, veering or lurching to the Right, depending on where you stand on the political spectrum.
Is there anything more stomach-churning for an Opposition politician than watching helplessly as the enemy demolishes the very things he or she painstakingly put in place while in Government?
The public relations campaign mounted by Barry Matthews to hold on to his job as the head of the Corrections Department is added reason why he should lose it.
It is difficult to put a finger on it, but something does not feel quite right about Labour's approach to Opposition.