This anonymous effort in The Herald is a shocker:
The fear that dares not speak its name
If there is a single anxiety underlying the restive mood of many voters in western democracies at present it is undoubtedly immigration, for which those voters blame high house prices and a housing shortage, low incomes, unemployment, crime and sometimes terrorism.
In all likelihood their mood has less to do with all of these problems than with the fear that their nation’s ethnicity, character and culture are being undermined, but that is a view few dare to express in public because they will sound racially prejudiced.
They feel gagged by political correctness, which adds frustration and anger to their fear.
Yes, political correctness, the crushingly oppressive idea that we should all be decent and respectful of each other, what a nightmare that is.
But to suggest that we’re all racists (I spoke its name!) and just too oppressed to vent about it? Really? What a cartoon evil view of the world.
So the immigration debate proceeds on the safer territory of housing, incomes and jobs.
So the immigration debate proceeds on the real territory that impacts real people all around you.
Blah blah blah, and the piece finishes:
It is clear, though, the immigration and its proxy issues of housing and employment are going to be the heated topics of this year’s election campaign.
It will be hard for the Government to win a proxy war if the voters’ real fear of ethic diversity is left to fester unchallenged.
Ethic diversity. Cute. And once again, painting concern about jobs and housing as just a cover for racism (oops!) says more about you than it does about the country. Like when Bill English repeatedly writes off Kiwi workers as hopeless druggies.
Contrast with the signed piece from those terrible terrible racists at interest.co.nz:
Attempting to fix a shortage of housing while at the same time allowing record numbers of migrants in does not appear to be working
The Government’s kept trying to talk down the rising and rising immigrant numbers as if they are somehow nothing to do with it and, heck, we should all be grateful lots of people want to live here.
But ‘living’ is the nub of it.
Everybody needs houses to live in.
And as the chief recipient of the burgeoning numbers of immigrants Auckland is creaking very badly.
There are far few houses being built in Auckland even to accommodate the people there now, and yet this Government keeps pouring more in.
The Government has kept waiting for this situation to abate by itself. All the talk has been of immigration numbers passing their peak.
Well, that’s just simply not true. We don’t know where the peak might be.
What can be said is that the nearly 14,500 people who arrived on a permanent or long term basis last month was the most ever.
On a net basis Statistics New Zealand’s monthly figures put the seasonally-adjusted net gain at nearly 6500 in January – also a record.
Across the past four months the annualised net gain is now running at close to 75,000, which equates to nearly 1.6% of the current New Zealand population – that’s about three times the rate of growth they have in Britain and the British are screaming their heads off about the rate of immigration THEY have.
For Auckland the net gain over the past 12 months is running at around 42,000, which would require around 14,000 new homes. There were fewer than 10,000 new homes consented for construction last year.
Sort it out
The Government simply can no longer talk about fixing the Auckland housing shortage with any credibility when, a) It’s not getting enough houses built to accommodate the existing population and b) it’s stuffing more and more people into the place.The Government has shown it can’t just jawbone more, or at least enough, new houses into Auckland, even to house those already there..
What it CAN do is bring the hammer down on all these work visas being issued. Till the infrastructure can start to recover.
It is beyond time Bill and his crew put their shovels down and stopped making this hole deeper.
These are real concerns and it is legitimate to talk about them.