Yesterday, the Labour Party declared some of us live in slums

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Before I even address the issue of slums, why is it that the Labour Party strategy is to go for excessive hyperbole? It just polarises people straight away. How many years before they understand that more new votes lie in the middle, not on the far left?

That aside, slums.

India has over 40,000 slums housing about 10 million people.  With few exceptions, these slum homes feature:

  • NO electricity
  • NO in-home toilet
  • NO in-home shower
  • NO gas to cook on
  • NO potable water from a tap
  • NO facility to do laundry

and its inhabitants receive:

  • NO government provided welfare.

Let’s compare that New Zealand slum homes, that feature: 

  • electricity
  • a toilet, frequently more than one
  • a bathroom with shower
  • clean healthy drinking water
  • in-home laundry facility

and its inhabitants receive in one week what their Indian slum dwellers don’t even earn in a whole year.

An top of that, most New Zealand slum dwellers also have:

  • two cars on the lawn
  • internet access
  • Sky or Freeview with a large screen TV
  • mobile phone
  • free health care for kids under 13
  • subsidised health care for adults and subsidised medicine

So what exactly do these “slum” homes feature that makes them so slummy? Apparently they are older, colder, draftier and mouldier.

There can be an argument made that homes need better insulation and more studious airing and cleaning, but that doesn’t reduce New Zealand to a country where we have slum dwellers.

These slum people are the same people who lived in the same homes when Labour did absolutely nothing.  Whereas the National-led government is on a steady programme of improving the social housing stock.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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