The debacle of yesterdays rushed and desperate announcement to ludicrously pay the homeless $5000 to move to bloody Ashburton by a clearly rattled Paula Bennett is a sign of just how deeply confused the Government are on the housing crisis.
That Bill English wasn’t even aware of what Bennett was announcing is an astounding blunder that only goes to highlight just how rushed and ill prepared the National Government really are right now.
English ruling out Tax Cuts, then Key promising them, Bennett announcing policy on the hoof that English isn’t even aware of, the sudden focus of the media on the plight of the under class has clearly surprised the Government.
One suspects National thought NZers love affair with bashing beneficiaries knew no end and that the poor who are paying the price for middle class property speculation would simply never feature much now TV3 had dumped Campbell Live. It seems National were wrong. Ever since the AAAPs 3 day beneficiary clinic there has been a renewed interest in the media to actually seek out the desperate poverty they’ve so long ignored. Those shots of NZers sleeping in their cars has done something deep and have awoken a demand for a response from our political leaders than this farce concocted yesterday.