Finally, Labour start niggling National’s weaker links

Paula Bennett used to be an asset to National but progressively she has become more and more a liability.

Her latest stunt, making up the details of the MSD visits. She utterly embarrassed the Prime Minister.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has admitted the Ministry of Social Development didn’t knock on car windows as part of its flying squad for homelessness, despite the Prime Minister saying they did.

The minister says she provided confusing information to John Key but won’t apologise. Instead, she turned the heat on Labour in the housing debate, saying they should apologise to foreign buyers with Chinese-sounding surnames.

Ms Bennett was grilled on the flying squads on homelessness by the Opposition, and today the Prime Minister had nothing — no details, no comment.  

In the Budget, emergency housing secured $41 million, including 3000 emergency housing places. Around 800 will be available by July 1.

Emergency housing grants will see the expansion of motel accommodation, which has seen families rack up thousands of dollars in debt.

It’s been four weeks since the original story broke on people living in cars, and the Government is still being dragged down by the debate. In another development today, Ms Bennett was forced to roll out emergency housing initiatives earlier than she wanted so they’re ready to go at the beginning of next month.

Her petulant demand for Labour to apologise to Chinese before she’d apologise to Salvation Army, and also to the Prime Minister, shows how out of touch and arrogant she really is.

Her arrogance won’t get her through this. Key might have to move up a planned re-shuffle to nip this one in the bud. He sacked Judith Collins for less.



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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. 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.

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