“Whatever you do,” cried Brer Rabbit, “Don’t throw me into the briar patch”, or how to get recalcitrant idiots to do what you want.
I love this all so much.
When the criticism over the lack of any progress on housing burnt Jacinda over the holidays and the argument was sold to her that we can’t trust the bullshit statements from the neoliberal bureaucracy, the lowest hanging fruit that could be dealt to quickest was property speculators.
The problem with targeting property speculators of course was that those pricks would punish renters for it so any targeting of them required protection for renters.
The more cautious voices put to Jacinda that protecting renters could be a step too far so no specific protections were built into it.
The Opposition is calling on the Finance Minister to specifically rule out any move to cap rent rises.
Property investors – who say they feel attacked as a result of the housing reforms unveiled last week – are predicting rent hikes could soon follow.
The scumlord property speculators have gloated so ominously on social media that they intend to punish renters, that Labour has been forced to offer renters protections, especially because National are fucking up their response to this so badly.
Most home owners are owner-occupiers so Labour’s sharpest cuts aimed at the speculators bypass them altogether meaning there’s no where for National to win votes here.
National have come out too pro Landlord and renters hate them for it while turning off owner-occupiers who think the scumlord property speculators are being malicious.
Judith screaming Labour have to tell us all whether or not they intend to bring in rent controls is music to our collective ears because it’s immensely popular with renters who had lost hope Labour would do anything for them.
Th only winner on the right is ACT, who just gained a vast new flood of angry rich Landlord Speculator members who are wild eyed at their property rights being molested.
National have been cleverly amputated here without appreciating the dynamics of the electorate while Labour has been forced to protect renters.
Please don’t throw us renters into the briar patch Brer Judith. Keep demanding Grant tell us if we will be protected or not.
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