On Wed, 15 Jan 2020 01:50:05 -0600, Tony <lizandtony at orcon dot net
Post by Tony Post by Crash
On Tue, 14 Jan 2020 22:31:40 -0600, Tony <lizandtony at orcon dot net
Post by Tony
Forget the past. Government and just get on with it.
Looking at the article, there is no escaping the fact that some form
of government assistance to those most vulnerable to unaffordable
housing is needed. This requires taxpayer funding so quite properly
the solutions put forward will always be scrutinised. Such is the
nature of taxpayer assistance.
The problem is not the political point scoring but is that fact that
nothing is being seen to be done regardless of who leads the
government. We have had a problem with housing during the term of the
current government, the previous National-led governments, the Labour
governments prior to that and the National governments prior to that.
None of those governments are being seen as being able to provide a
solution that addresses the need. That really is the beginning and
end of it. The political bickering is the price paid for holding
governments accountable and has no direct effect on solution delivery.
The simple fact is no government has been able to deliver a solution
on the scale required to be seen to address the problem.
You are more tolerant than me Crash, and I think that is self-evident.
I simply despise governments and oppositions that lie.
And I am not referring only to this government.
What is wrong with a government that acknowledges a problem, explains that it
is difficult to fix, does not blame (as an automatic response) the last
government of a different poltical persuasion but puts in place a doable albeit
long term plan? I wish for nothing mora than that and discourse with people who
do not put politics before integrity.
By and large you are getting your wish - apart from some media noise
responding to lies, that is exactly what the current government is
doing. They are not doing well in everything, but certainly there is
now more in the pipeline than there has been for a very long time. I
was amused at the comment by Gary Moore : "The political parties say
'I built 10 houses and you only built eight' and that's the level of
conversation that's not healthy," he said."
It illustrates well that there are many layers of the housing
situation - in relation to social housing which he is most comcerned
about, the current government has increased supply by around 3000
houses; but the prevous Key/English governments overall reduced the
number of houses to meet social housing needs - while also encouraging
increased immigration. Special Housing Areas were thought to be a good
idea, but did not work out well in practice because of difficulties
with financing and also a not particularly effective building market.
We lost trades people at various imes (I remember quite a few leaving
at the time of the Queensland floods, we may lose more with the
fires). Crash is right that no government has handled social housing
well since the neo-liberal changes following Muldoon, but there have
been differences; never more so than following hte last election.
The following article is by a left supporter, but does largely take an
analytical rather than "blame" approach, but does cover thrugh links a
number of aspects of the issues. I has been said before but I think it
is time we started measuing building completions as well as consents -
there were huge differences as some SHAs were treated as "land-banks"