Crusher lands her first political blow of 2021 with embarrassment of electoral wealths

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This is clever of National…

Judith Collins calls for emergency housing law change in first speech of the year

Judith Collins has challenged the Government to pass an emergency law change to allow more houses to be built, in her first speech of the year.

Collins said she had written to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern offering bipartisan support for a bill to be drafted as soon as March that would allow for new houses to be consented rapidly.

This policy is very similar to one that National campaigned on at the last election.

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…is it an audacity beyond comprehension that the National Party who actively pumped up immigration to push up housing prices for 9 years would now want to do something meaningful on the economic settings of the commodification of houses that they have electorally benefited from?

OF COURSE IT IS!

But National have no actual political philosophy any longer after the implosion of 2020, so naked opportunism to embarrass he Government is all they have, and in this faux offer of support for the Housing crisis, Judith has set the stage for responsibility.

By offering Jacinda support, Labour would have had, with the Greens, 108 votes in the House.

108 votes is a super majority.

The voting block of Labour + Greens + National would give this parliament an unprecedented power to pass any legislation to fix the Housing crisis, but flatly turning the offer down, Jacinda now carries all the political risk.

Voters will start demanding to know why things can’t get done with a majority, or even a super majority. They won’t demand the details of the proposal or that it amounts to very little from National, Voters will just see a Government arrogantly refusing bipartisanship.

Judith cleverly left Jacinda with the entire housing crisis to juggle on her own while keeping Covid out.

We better hope Jacinda can do both.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. Judith,
    However did we manage without your transparent altruism.
    Your most noble determination to ignore your past vivious, uncaring and callous policies on housing leaves me in awe.

  2. At least it is a PLAN and workable. Yes, I don’t like National either but its obvious to anyone even half awake, much less Collins that there is quiet resentment building at Labour and Ardern for having sweet FA to offer on the housing crisis.

    I predict Labour will do what they do best, focus hard on headline management, pulling Jacinda’s imaginary levers, leaving stones unturned everywhere, running around with bits of paper in their hands looking incredibly busy, meanwhile changing nothing. Why? Because 3 plus years and all I’ve seen from them is last second grasping at straws when questioned what are they doing for the umpteenth time on the subject.

    The party who convinces voters in 2023 that they are real about dealing to the housing crisis will win. Tick tock Labour, you have no real plan and time is not your friend!

  3. At least it is a PLAN and workable. Yes, I don’t like National either but its obvious to anyone even half awake, much less Collins that there is quiet resentment building at Labour and Ardern for having sweet FA to offer on the housing crisis.

    I predict Labour will do what they do best, focus hard on headline management, pulling Jacinda’s imaginary levers, leaving stones unturned everywhere, running around with bits of paper in their hands looking incredibly busy, meanwhile changing nothing. Why? Because 3 plus years and all I’ve seen from them is last second grasping at straws when questioned what are they doing for the umpteenth time on the subject.

    The party who convinces voters in 2023 that they are real about dealing to the housing crisis will win. Tick tock Labour, you have no real plan and time is not your friend!

  4. If the Labour Party really implements a dynamic programme to eradicate poverty and make healthy housing available to all then National will be dragged into supporting it and continuing it because we really live in a democracy and our votes count.
    Here we go again with a history lesson. Promise I will make it short.
    The first Labour Government’s state housing and welfare policy was a resounding success and therefore enormously popular.
    National only got into government again by accepting Labour’s institutions – compulsory unionism, comprehensive health care – the Welfare State – including State housing. A generation of people like John Key, Bob Jones and others who rose to wealth and position were raised in state houses.
    To be fair National in those days did not have a lot of trouble accepting Labour’s policies as long as farmers and Manufacturers got what they saw as a square deal.
    The betrayals of the 1980s threw us back into the dark age of the mid-nineteenth century. The struggle now is to regain lost ground.
    The best way to do this( as I see it) is to force The Labour cabinet’s hand by nagging at our local members of Parliament so they will pressure Jacinda and Grant into doing things they would rather leave alone.
    For this reason I keep up a barrage of letters and e-mails to members of parliament in the hope that like a barking dog, or crying baby, they will have to do something to shut me up.
    If we all do it we can force change and in the age of e-mails sending letters has never been easier.
    Thank you

  5. Sadly, JA has shown absolutely no sign of being able to handle or even know where to start to handle this housing crisis.
    Maybe she is just ‘Tony Blair in a skirt’, thankfully without the mass murdering gene.
    The NZ housing problem is NOT fixed because the politicians of all colours (it would seem) DO NOT WANT TO FIX IT. Just to be seen to be trying to do so.

  6. The thing is, National don’t actually have to do anything to get National policies implemented because we have a National government anyway; it’s been that way since 1984 –just a different bunch of snouts at the feeding trough.

    ‘Strong team’, ‘keep moving’. Actually, stumbling into the biggest shit storm in history.

  7. Judith is yesterday’s news and she knows it. I’ll follow in the footsteps of Keith Locke and walk naked through Newmarket if she leads National into the next election. She only remains as Leader of the Opposition because there aren’t any obvious alternatives yet (and National desperately wants to avoid a repeat of the Todd Muller fiasco). When the new National party leader is found and anointed, they’ll knife Judith quick as a flash, just like Key did with Brash.

  8. Shrugs. No one’s going to hold Jacinda’s hand while she runs the nation. Siding with national may very well make her go rotten. Rotten with power.

    Jacinda must bath and draw all her power from the left because the right are just suicidal.

  9. Grunter, Beetroot and by association the Blairite have no intention of solving the housing crisis. With the Asian immigration ponzi scheme frozen indefinitely house price inflation is the only method available to prop up our economy in the vain hope that things “ will be good this time” in 2021. Long term effects and problems are not important to our leadership class especially when you can kick the can down the road and blame your successor. National would be no different.

    Judith knows this and is attempting to snooker the PM to gain some relevance in this post covid world. Unfortunately for Judith 60% of (little) Aotearoa have zero fucks interest as, courtesy of the government printing money with Zimbabwe-like industry they can take the blue pill and “everything is awesome”.

    Left or right you have to be a complete moron not to see that our economy resembles a 747 warming up on the runway ready to fly straight into a mountain. FMD.

  10. In a way there has been a “super majority” since Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardsons time, because Neo Liberalism is now stronger and more pervasive than the day it was delivered from the warm corpse of the old Labour Party. The ugliness is systemic, hegemonic, and divides New Zealand exactly like a “Tale of two Cities” for those with eyes to see. Property owners vs not owners.

    Jacinda will not move on housing or benefits without significant pressure. Which is why it is time for homeless and activists to start entering and occupying selected empty buildings and homes–to put the fear of the proverbial into the timid Labour Caucus.

  11. Imagine having to fritter away some of that political capital just duelling with personalities in a game of one-upmanship rather than actually spending it on something transformational and kind.

  12. I’m bloody over waiting. As a renter in Tauranga, I’m doing 2 years in a row of 90 days no fault eviction. In my area equiv rents have actually doubled in 5 years. I am struggling to get any viewings for rentals despite excellent referees. I earn $80K as an employee, I have a business degree from uni. There will be a war and blood on the streets, as that is all that’s left, to shift to the next paradigm. Only “God” can help the lower classes now. Democracy is dead.

  13. I now know how some of you Labour people feel at being let down by your leader.. The headline sounds great but when you read the details it is crap.. The suggestion seems to be build the houses then the infrastructure this is a disaster in the making from so many angles. They may be using Chch as a template but the areas that grew were already for developement and until the earthquake Pegasus and Rolleston were moving very slowly with little interest.
    I would mark this idea as must do better.

  14. When I look at Judith Collins I see someone who deems herself as being utter perfection upon the planet. A person who thinks or rather believes in a stupid form that the political party she is currently, until she has passed her Best Before Date which could well be very soon, leader of has never ever made any human mistakes in its existence.
    This “holier than thou” attitude isn’t impressive. In fact it shows how badly National has demeaned itself to.
    To me National will forever be the Copy and Paste from their beloved America Party. It is a disease that has been within its ranks for far too long.
    But will National learn from its mistakes or will it forever beat the Mantra Drum of blaming everyone else but the very faces staring back at them in the mirror?
    Whilst there was a National government that lived in a perpetual state of denial there were problems in housing, education, health etc. Just the best National could do was take a bunch of journalists to a traffic island in South Auckland to show them a potential housing estate. Education was and still is a mess and healthcare became in such a bad state that fecal matter was seen dripping down the walls of Middlemore Hospital. When confronted with the health system the National health minister went to Dunedin hospital to try their meals.
    Now that says alot about National and their pure incompetence. But lets face it their priorities were a flag referendum. Bribing a Saudi sheep farmer and paying off Rio Tinto and Warner Brothers and to Hell with ordinary NZers on low incomes.

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