The collapse of the Labour Party and the worldwide failure of socialism means that the hard left have decided to get involved in local government. This merry band of idiots wants to impose a socialist world view on councils, despite councils having a very limited role in changing the economic system. The Meatworkers Union are running Jobs that Count candidates, who we can safely recommend are all dodgy and should not be voted for.
Then there are the halfwits at Closing the Gap, who are trying to get candidates to sign up to their socialist utopian vision.
More regulation, more expense, higher rates and nothing to deal with the real problems driving inequality, housing affordability. Housing affordability is entirely the problem of councils refusing to provide adequate land supply so there is plenty of land to build new houses.
Closing the Gap requests your participation in our survey of candidates of Local Government Organisations (LGOs).
Our aim is to prompt candidates to consider aspects of local body governance which we think are critical to improving equality for all residents – a situation which helps improve the health of our society.
Please answer all questions whether you think the questions are applicable to your organisation or not.
We plan to publish all of the responses we receive for each question.
Please note that you can change your mind on a particular answer up until the time you select DONE.
Closing the Gap operates under the auspices of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc which is a nation-wide, not for profit, apolitical, secular organisation having as it mantra, “More Equal Societies are Better for All”. This is based on the research of Wilkinson and Pickett in their book “The Spirit Level”, (2009). Their research, backed by many others clearly shows that developed countries with low levels of income inequality fare significantly better in many areas of health, social conditions and the economy than countries with high levels of income inequality .
The survey gauges your attitude to some of these issues in our communities and seeks to identify your attitude on some specific policy initiatives that will reduce inequality in our region.
Each question has five possible responses as follows:
Strongly agree, Agree, Open to persuasion either way, Disagree, and Strongly disagree