It really is the silly season at the moment. All sorts of ratbags and deadbeats are vying for votes and also coming up with insane and dopey ideas.
Unfortunately, it isn’t just the left-wing with dopey ideas.
One of Wellington’s mayoral candidates wants to help people make their spare rooms available to those in the city without homes of their own.
Jo Coughlan said she would consider putting up a person who was homeless in her own spare room if it would help.
Her suggestion came as the Wellington City Council received an update on its strategies to approach homelessness and begging.
“Wouldn’t it be amazing if interested citizens could perhaps sign up to host a homeless person, particularly a person in transition,” Ms Coughlan said.
“Often they only require some help for a short period of time and I think a lot of Wellingtonians are very caring and compassionate people – they want to be inclusive and they want to help but they don’t always know how.”
Ms Coughlan said she was not sure of the details, but suggested using social media or an app to “host the homeless”.
She suggested she would be willing to show people how it was done.
“Potentially, yeah, depending on what the circumstances are, I would consider [it],” she said.
Only potentially? Not a real policy then…this is known as virtue signaling or concern trolling. They say supposedly meaningful things hoping people will look positively on them for the statements. Unfortunately, the statements are as meaningful as retweets or Facebook likes.
“There’s all sorts of different cases … if someone’s just requiring some support for a few days, that might be appropriate. That might be something that would suit someone.”
Although the council has been working on a homelessness strategy since 2003 the problem has only grown – about 50 to 55 people sleep rough in Wellington most days, and another 35 beg.
The council’s latest strategy, Te Mahana, has the ambitious goal of ending street homelessness by 2018.
Ask the Chinese how to clear out beggars and street sleepers. For the recent g20 summit they moved whole neighbourhoods.