English needs to get better lines. English: Surge in emergency housing grants is actually ‘a good problem to have’
Prime Minister Bill English says surging emergency housing grant applications does not demonstrate a housing crisis, saying the “strong demand” and “uplift in prices” are “good problems to have”.
He really said that. I wonder if the ever growing numbers trapped in motels with no hope for the future think they are “good problems to have”. Next example – ‘Hidden’ homeless behind grant scheme blowout – Bill English
Record house prices and a lack of affordable accommodation is a “good problem” to have, in Mr English’s view, because it shows there is “strong demand” – not just for houses, but the New Zealand way of life.
I wonder if the record numbers of homeless, and the generation now priced out of owning their own home forever think it’s a “good problem to have”. Yesterday saw a variant – Bill English: Wellington rental squeeze ‘problem of success’, not a crisis
A Wellington rental squeeze causing dozens of people to compete for the same flat is “a problem of success” and not a sign of a crisis, Prime Minister Bill English says.
Forty potential tenants queued up for a flat viewing in inner-city Mt Cook on Wednesday morning, with the property manager likening the scene to “a street party”.
The queue followed an estimate this week that Wellington is currently 3590 dwellings short of what it needs, with the head of the city’s housing taskforce saying multiple tenants were sharing rooms as a result.
I wonder if – – you get the picture. In every case a failure to plan, a failure to deliver, and a glib attempt to fob off the victims of his government’s failure. Next time Bill English calls something a “good problem to have”, piss on his boots and tell him it’s raining.
— Grant Robertson (@grantrobertson1) March 2, 2017
Tenant with rats in walls can't afford to move https://t.co/Ei8nvk8Qr0
— Brent Edwards (@journobedwards) March 2, 2017
PS – Bad news Bill –
Housing revealed as most important issue in helping Kiwis decide on vote | 1 NEWS NOW | TVNZ https://t.co/UjZw1HtYFF
— Andrea Vance (@avancenz) March 2, 2017