Understanding Auckland’s problem and the blame lies with green policies

Peter King inserted a lengthy explanation of the contradictory nature of left wing politics in trying to explain their opposition to the flag debate.

I didn’t include that in the previous post because it was tl;dr and not really related.

But it is worth exploring for understanding why house prices are rising and land supply is artificially constricted by an intransigent council.

The left quite often seems incapable of seeing the contradictions of its own policy positions. More often than not it adopts policies because they seem trendy rather than because they are helpful. This is where the effect of Green policy is at its most subversive.
The problem is that most left wing politicians fall into the Green target demographic. They are wealthy urban dwellers from well-off middle class homes. Huge numbers of labour followers are school teachers now into their late fifties who were hippies in the 70s. Greens do not target farmers or farm workers, or the urban poor for the simple reason they know instinctively that Green agricultural and industrial policies are often ill-thought out nonsense. Green voters are well-off urbanites whose incomes typically come from taxpayers or providing business services so abstracted from industry as to be on a different planet. The Green delusion is built on that inter-generational arrogance that parents are all thick and there are better ways of doing things. That and large amounts of hypocrisy (and don’t imagine we haven’t all been there). It is an ideal which suits idealists and those who rebel against their parents but rarely has any deep thought put into it.

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For example the Greens hate cars. They pretend they don’t but really they do. They even hate electric cars. Cars are seen as the enemies of this idyl and the world would be so much better if everyone used bicycles and trains instead. Of course bicycles and trains work really well if you live in the city centre and your city was built around dray deliveries. But most cities these days are built around cars.
Cars carry babies, groceries, children, dogs, and other stuff without physical effort over long distances very quickly. They have liberated women like no other tool (it is no coincidence that the world’s most patriachal nations won’t let women drive). Cars expand the options of a worker seeking work. Cars provide freedom and they are massively popular demonstrated by the fact the global automotive industry is still growing.
The Greens hatred of cars means they propose “smart cities” which are built around (guess what) trains and bicycles. But to make that work they need to concentrate cities into apartments and rail networks. So “sprawl” is a dirty word and “smart cities” are “sustainable” and make up a million and one tedious arguments to justify that outcome.

We have all heard Len Brown and his council staff tell us about their compact city plans…this is what is driving it.

This is where the manipulation comes in. Who owns the land those apartments are built on? In  most countries its a rich landlord. Does that landlord want competition from people owning their own land and building on it? Not really. The less competition the more they control prices. So suddenly rich landlords really like the Green ideal. Making them rich is “smart” and “sustainable”.
But what about the workers? For many workers the best way to save is to pay a mortgage not a rent. That way they pay towards equity in an asset rather than simply meeting a cost. Even better the asset tends to appreciate. If they buy an apartment there is very little preventing a developer from building a new apartment next door and their asset can not only stop appreciating but start depreciating. Land on the other hand is always in demand as human populations grow. Therefore it is less risky to borrow in order to buy land, and there are international banking rules recognising this.
Now if you try and concentrate workers into “smart cities” eventually demand for housing will outstrip supply and prices will start rising. Then workers won’t be able to buy land and save. And this is exactly what is happening in Auckland right now because the city itself has adopted a Green policy of restricting growth so it can become a “smart city”.
The Greens support this because they are wealthy inner city dwellers or their children. It benefits them. Weirdly the National party which has more rich land owners in it opposes it and demands Auckland city should start releasing more land, which the city has refused to do. But Labour, who you would think would support poorer workers, supports the Greens and that makes no sense.
Poorer workers do not live in tenements and go to work in factories by tram or train anymore. Poorer workers work all over the city. They need mobility more than anyone. Check it out. Who rides $1000 bicycles to work? Rich mostly male office workers. Who takes the bus or train? Middle class office workers. Who drives a $1000 clapped out van or car? The poor. Which does Labour party policy help the most: themselves, the green demographic.
What’s worse is that Labour party see this as the poor being out of touch! They regard a guy who works in a panel beaters (a terrifically polluting industry) and races cars at night (unsafe) as a troglodyte, not a potential member.
Does this matter? Fuck yeah! It means the poor see their nominal representatives as shiny arsed sell outs who have no idea what they need. Labour might bump up their benefit a few bucks and pay for an army of welfare people to ask them about their needs but when it comes to creating more jobs, reducing costs and making their lives better they have no ideas.

Now do you understand what Len Brown and his left-wing enablers are doing to Auckland?

 

– Observations


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