Poll shows Labour’s and Twyford’s ugly legacy: the seed of distrust against Asians has found fertile soil

Digipoll did a poll for a newspaper, and it makes for ugly reading

Credit: Digipoll/A newspaper

Credit: Digipoll/A newspaper

Notice the extremely injurious way this poll was pitched.  The real problem, according to commentators (and if borne out by still non-existent evidence), is the number or percentage of non-resident purchasers of property.   But as you can clearly see, A newspaper has simply labelled everyone ‘a foreigner’.

That’s a dreadfully inaccurate and very much larger net to cast, and as a result it once again whips up the hysteria that even the Real Estate industry have already debunked:  that less than three percent of Auckland houses are purchased by non-resident foreigners.

But it does show the damage that Twyford, Labour and the NZ Herald have done by turning Asians into the yellow peril of the housing market.  Anyone who sells a house would be very happy if someone came along and paid a premium without caring for one second if they lived here or somewhere else.

A spokeswoman for Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith said the results were no surprise, given the high level of publicity over the issue.

“The Government will form future policy on the basis of accurate data, not on polls of people’s perceptions or surveys of people’s surnames.

“The best advice the Government has is that foreign buyers are not having a significant effect on the Auckland housing market.

“It is worth noting that Australia has a ban on foreign buyers, and that this has had no effect on their high house price inflation.”

It’s completely irrelevant to house prices when 97%+ of the sales are made by people who live here.  Once again the public have been whipped into a hysteria and are now looking sideways at their immigrant neighbours, or when their ethnic features are ‘obviously’ Asian, at them as well, no matter that they may be first, second or even third generation Kiwis.

Labour can not put their racism back into the box.  It was played for political gain.  It misfired.  And its legacy is a New Zealand that is now suspicious of anyone they don’t think “belongs here”.

This is why Labour will never be a major political force again.  You simply can not lay into your existing voter base with completely unfounded claims based on racist assumptions.


– Nicholas Jones, A newspaper

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