So National has announced its flagship policy, enhanced assistance for first home buyers through increased grants through Kiwisaver.
It is interesting that policies that Labour introduced and National opposed such as Working for Families, interest free student loans and Kiwisaver have all become mainstream policies and National is now afraid to take away their benefit, although some tinkering has reduced their effectiveness.
And National is using a variation of one of these mechanisms to seek popular support. This is all part of the process where National wants to appear to no longer be the servants of the rich and powerful although that reality remains.
Some comments based in part on twitter feed responses which I have read so far:
Like many other of National’s policies they are using a slight increase in funding for existing programmes to claim that they are doing something about a significant problem. But there is no real thinking in the policy and apart from those fortunate to be earning above average wages the policy will not do anything about affordability.
So what would you prefer to have? 10,000 new houses built and many jobs created or more house inflation?