TV3 are headlining this as Andrew Little blows fuse over Chinese buyer data, when really it should read ‘Andrew Little gets pissed off at Patrick Gower being a dick’.
A journalist from the network that killed off Campbell Live for political purposes tries to claim Labour ‘cooked up’ figures & then sulks when he gets smacked down.
It’s fascinating that once again, just like the infamous Pam Corkery fight last election, it’s the manner in which people respond to TV3 being biased that becomes the story.
This network is just a mouth piece for the Government, how it continues to masquerade as news is a little beyond me.
Meanwhile, house prices continue to explode, as David Parker so cleverly points out…
The NZ-China free trade agreement doesn’t stop new restrictions on house sales to overseas buyers, but National’s subsequent deals try to.
New Zealanders are suffering because the wealthy 1 per cent from other countries buying our houses are driving up prices to levels our locals can’t afford. This is also destabilising our economy. Because 1 per cent of China is over 10 million people, it’s the most obvious example.
Labour’s policy is to ban overseas buyers of residential houses, other than our closest neighbours like Australia where we have a close relationship and reciprocal rights.
The recent column by Beijing-based Rodney Jones described the need to control the sale of New Zealand houses to overseas buyers. He was spot-on when saying we must carefully consider the effect of free trade agreements. This means the China FTA, the recent South Korean FTA, and the impending TPP.
…that is intelligent, that is right and it makes the points that need to be made for those NZers struggling to buy their first home. We didn’t get that from Gower today, we got petty name calling and claims of Labour lying to people.
It’s as ugly as Andrew Lim’s extraordinary use of violent language to try and turn Chinese sentiment against Labour in yesterdays Herald...
In the 1930s in Europe similar debate also began with a list of names. It was a list of names which did not sound like proper German names. The names on this list were also viewed as the problem in denying hard-working Germans their rightful share of business and property ownership. In the 1990s Slobadan Milosovic’s minions no doubt had a similar list of names.
The Labour Party’s targeting of people with Chinese sounding names is of course justified as being in the national interest, expressed through democratic means with the socialist agenda of indoctrinating Kiwis into believing that home ownership is their manifest destiny, an inalienable right. But Labour’s approach is clearly the continuation of nationalist socialist democratic politics by other means.
Carrying on with Little and Tywford’s logic, which seems to have adopted the xenophobic fear-mongering tactics of New Zealand First, lists of other ethnic names could also be used to generate national debates on other topics.
…so far all the ugliest elements put on display since Labour raised the issue of China’s speculation in our residential housing market have been displayed by those screaming racist.