I love the excuses Bill English makes to explain why his Government is just sitting on its hands over the fundamental issues confronting New Zealanders.
Firstly, it’s environmentalism to blame for the lack of new houses.
Then all these homeless people requiring motels isn’t a housing crisis, it’s just ‘flushing’ out the homeless.
And finally we all need this massive immigration because NZ workers are too stoned and keep failing the tests.
Add National’s new swimmable water standards and National have managed to out alternative fact Donald Trump.
Blaming the environment ignores the simple truth that National can’t afford to pop the housing bubble because it’s all that is propping up the economy. Bill English may as well blame the full moon for the lack of houses because it makes it somebody else’s fault, certainly not his.
As for the explosion of housing the homeless in motels, English claims that it’s ‘flushing out’ the homeless who don’t want to have anything to do with state agencies because his neoliberal welfare state is so brutal.
Well, perhaps this wouldn’t be such a surprise if welfare agencies weren’t so cruel and perhaps if the state didn’t throw people out of state houses we wouldn’t need to put them in motels in the first place.
As for his claim that we need to import all this cheap and exploitable migrant labour because NZ stoners keep failing their drug tests, let’s remember that in 2015, 8000 beneficiaries were sent for drug testable jobs, and how many fails were there?
Out of 8000 drug testable jobs.
That’s the problem? Stoned workers? That’s why we need to allow tens of thousands of migrant worker visas into NZ?
It’s not because National have built their reputation on a flawed and dangerous economic growth that demands constant migration?
Oh no, it’s stoner workers. Perhaps if the tests are this stringent then there needs to be new tests? A joint someone smokes on the Friday night well still be in their systems if they are tested on the Monday. Now they won’t still be under the influence of cannabis, but they test positive.
Are these drug tests focused on work safety or punishing poor workers for indulging in a substance that large chunks of America have now legalised.
There’s no follow up questions to English’s assertions, just denial of his own Government’s role in exacerbating the current problems and druggie beneficiary narratives.
Are NZers this easily led?