Keith Ng is a sanctimonious prig at the best of times. He was also deeply involved in the Dirty Politics smear attacks, but that story is for another day.
Nonetheless today he has something valuable to say about Labour’s shameless Dirty Media attack on Chinese.
I don’t own a house, but if I bought one, I hope that cynical politicians wouldn’t blame people whose “last name sounds Chinese” for..
driving up house prices beyond the reach of hard-working Kiwi first home buyers
..as if people whose “last name sounds Chinese” can’t be a hard-working Kiwi, as if we are taking their houses.
And if I became a property investor, I hope that I’d be judged like every other property investor, and not hung up as a political scapegoat as if wewere some kind of foreign parasites, but they are wise stewards of property reaping the rewards of thrift and hard work.
I hope they wouldn’t treat us as if we were not them, based on whether our “last name sounds Chinese”.
Here’s the thing with Labour’s “analysis” of Auckland house sales, which the Herald are running with. Behind the curtain, there’s nothing more to it than going through house sale records and asking “do these names sound Chinese?”. It cannot tell you whether these people are speculators, investors or owner-occupiers, and it cannot tell you whether they are offshore, immigrants from the 90s, or if their ancestors have been here since the goldrush.
You can’t magically MATH your way from a last name to a residency status. They have one piece of real data: “39.5% of last names in a list of house sales sound Chinese”. All the assertions that Labour are making beyond this are complete bullshit.
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