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7:39 am, August 10th, 2016 - 163 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, brand key, john key, national, same old national, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: homeless, homeless crisis
Call it a verbal flourish or a slip of the tongue but yesterday in Parliament John Key showed that when he thinks of New Zealanders he does not include the homeless or those that rent.
He said this in answer to a question posed by Andrew Little:
[I]f house prices in New Zealand were to halve, that is a war on the poor. It is the poorest New Zealanders who, in percentage terms, borrow the most against their houses. Metiria Turei has been telling New Zealanders—and the Opposition is supporting her—that halving house prices will actually see the poorest New Zealanders have all of their equity eliminated. That is a war on the poor.
Get that. Poor people own homes. They do not live in cars or sleep rough or have their families staying in garages.
Julie Anne Genter’s tweet perfectly summed up the absurdity of what Key said.
— Julie Anne Genter (@JulieAnneGenter) August 9, 2016