The madness of using the free market to solve a problem caused by an unregulated free market has finally been buried.
Labour thankfully killed off KiwiBuild because as TDB pointed out years ago, the 100 000 affordable house promise was a political stunt pulled by David Shearer to fend off a challenge from David Cunliffe in 2012.
The ultimate problem is that neoliberalism has gutted public servants who do into public servant who manage so when we needed houses built, they was no Ministry of Works to do it.
The tiny glints of progress with shared home ownership options and lowering the deposit thresholds are just that, tiny glints of progress, the massive dead rat is the loss of building 100 000 houses.
Instead, the Government should turn its hand to rebuilding a ministry that actually builds houses and those houses should be state houses. By mass building sustainable state houses that are warm and dry using the best technology, you lift the threshold of basic accomodation in a way that forces the rest of the market to adopt those baselines, if Labour refuse to challenge the free market, they should at least weight the outcomes in such a way that forces the market to change.
Slum lords get away with shit rentals because there is so much desperate need at the bottom, build 30 000 state houses and watch that desperation recede, which in turn creates real choice into the market place with in turn punishes slum lords who don’t care.
Labour have at least shown the courage to change a stupid and poorly thought out policy, why it’s taken them so long is a question Jacinda Ardern as a leader who tolerated far too much waffle from Phil Twyford is still on the hook to answer.
Just build 30 000 bloody state houses already Labour!
I want to set up a give a little page so we can raise money for a dictionary so we can send it to Jacinda so she can learn what the word ‘transformative’ actually means.
The good news is that the sudden fear of losing Winston to the Grim Reaper has put a rocket up Labour and they are announcing new ideas and new laws left, right and centre.
Feed the kids school lunches, a cap on loan sharks and $60million extra into cancer, you get the feeling this spurt of looking like they are doing something that has real impact on peoples lives is being driven by the realisation that we are 12 months from the next election and Labour have bugger all to show for its time in office.
Sure, feed the kids only impacts 10% of those kids in need, the cap on loan sharks still allows for 300% interest and the $60m thrown at cancer is a play to middle class boomers, but it’s all we’ve got between us and Judith Collins as Prime Minister.
Let’s count our blessings despite Labour’s limp mojo.