Apparently Paddy is pissed off that TDB spoilt his poll on Sunday by publishing it 12 hours before he did and seems to have taken that out on Labour with some absurd claims last night that David Cunliffe is a dog whistle blowing racist xenophobe (for the record Paddy, no one from any political party told us your Poll results, you need to look closer at your own internal leaks for that).
Coming from a Journalist with a dog whistle inserted so deep within his throat he farts the National anthem, such insinuations that David Cunliffe is a racist xenophobe because Labour want to take the heat out of the Auckland housing market is sour grapes, not journalism.
The reality is there’s no strategy to blame immigrants for the housing crisis. Labour’s policy targets domestic speculators (capital gains tax), stops offshore speculators and focuses on building homes. When asked about immigration (first on The Nation, then on 3 News) the response has been that it’s a factor and Labour would look at adjusting the net inflow to ensure the housing market can keep up. The idea Cunliffe is engaging in a racist dog whistle is ridiculous. TV3 is driving this story.
The reason this issue has been made so heated by the right wing mouthpieces like Farrar is because National are very sensitive to their exposure to Chinese money for fund raising. The relationship between Williamson and Collins and their Chinese backers means any focus on migration is going to expose many things they want to keep out of the media, hence the claim of racist xenophobia, hence TV3s latest news narrative.
For those Gen Xers and Gen Y now locked forever out of home ownership, they would prefer more solution based reporting than politically loaded hysteria.
Home affordability is too important to be left to TV3 to discuss.
UPDATE: Neoliberal appointee Guyon Espiner’s attempt at a ‘gotcha’ moment with David Cunliffe this morning on Radio NZ by attempting to claim David contravened his own policy by helping a friend buy property fell flat the moment David pointed out to Guyon that his friend was a citizen. Guyon’s attempt to twist Labour’s policy into xenophobic dog whistle is as confused as Duncan Garner’s demand today that Cunliffe steps down as leader.