All my friends and family are bitterly disappointed with the Labour Government’s abject failure on housing, writes Editor Alan Tristram.
‘My August resolution is to campaign ever day I can for those buried at the bottom of the scrum called Team New Zealand.
After four years of non-achievement, Jacinda Ardern, please wake up every morning and think – what can we do today to get more Kiwis into decent homes.
This is your blind spot, and your Achilles heel.
Over the next months, we will be suggesting simple things you can initiate to make things better.
As a starter, appoint a strong housing supremo who is able to get action, now.
This person will have to be good at dealing with the media and explaing what’s happening — not avoiding most interviews as Housing Minister Megan Woods does.
Secondly, Jacinda, stop tellling half truths about the lack of a Capital Gains Tax (CGT).
This week I heard you say you’d ruled this out because ‘New Zealanders told us they didn’t want this.’
Few admit to liking a new tax!
What tripe! No-one is going to say they want a new tax.
Get real, Jacinda, and take the lead. When you do this, most people will give you credit.
You were able to apologise to Pasifika peole for the dawn raids.
Well, do these Kiwis, among many others, a favour by apologising for your fatal error of ruling out a CGT — and get this brought in asap.
Then start organising a top-level emergency team to make the provision of housing a priority.
Otherwise you will go down in history as a Leader who promised to help the children of Aotearoa’s under-class, but then condemned them all to a life of squalor.’
(to be continued)