Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, March 16th, 2018 - 111 comments
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National’s refusal to acknowledge that it oversaw the creation of a massive housing crisis continues.
Two weeks ago Simon Bridges admitted there was a housing crisis for some people, and that while National had done a lot to alleviate the situation this had not been well communicated. Obviously in his view better communication would have resulted in houses appearing. Yes his comment is as inane as you first thought.
But Judith Collins has just topped Bridges’s statement in terms of its absurdity. She thinks that no one cares that National failed so spectacularly over housing.
From Dan Satherley at Newshub:
“No one cares” about National’s much-criticised housing record anymore, the party’s housing spokeswoman has claimed.
Judith Collins, who took over from Michael Woodhouse in the weekend’s shadow Cabinet reshuffle, told The AM Show on Friday Kiwis are now focused on Labour’s lack of progress on KiwiBuild.
The previous National Government came under increasing criticism for its perceived lack of action on affordable housing, as prices doubled, ownership rates fell and homelessness grew.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford, appearing alongside Ms Collins, said he felt “compassion” for her taking on the housing role for National after “nine years of total failure”.
“No one cares about that,” Ms Collins told Mr Twyford. “What they care about is you not building a house yet, mate. You’ve had 140 days, how many have you built?”
No one cares. Apart from those sleeping rough because they do not have the chance of affording a rental property. Apart from parents with jobs and kids having to sleep in cars because the housing market has been priced out of their reach. Apart from the young teachers and nurses and police officers in Auckland who will never be able to afford to buy there. Apart from workers in Queenstown who have to shift share beds because accommodation prices are so out of control. Apart from eleven year old kids wanting to be doctors who have to do their work by street light because they are living in a van.
And expecting the crisis to be solved and houses magically appear within 140 days? How unrealistic can you get?
There was talk that Phil Twyford would be shaking in his boots at the thoughts of having to go up against Collins. Based on this performance I don’t think so.
National. Out of touch and completely uncaring. And unable to accept responsibility for a problem of their creation.