Little goes into damage control


Despite an agreement with the Greens that there will be no policy surprises, Labour leader Andrew Little says the first he learned of a potentially world-first policy to reduce house prices was in the news.

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei revealed on Wednesday that her party wants to see property prices reduced by the government over the next 10 to 15 years.

But Mr Little says it’s not a policy Labour would ever support.

“I’ve never seen anywhere in the world where property prices have been managed down over a 10 to 15 year period,” Mr Little told RNZ of the “mystery policy” first made known to him through the media.

“The next Labour-led government won’t be taking any measures to interfere in prices that it has never, ever controlled before. Central government simply doesn’t do that.”

As part of their co-operation agreement, both Labour and the Greens promised not to surprise each other with policies.

Mr Little, who first learned of the policy via a radio interview, wouldn’t directly answer questions about how the shock announcement affected that agreement.

This would have been the perfect opportunity for Labour to distance itself from the Greens saying the Agreement is really just something of a statement of intent surrounding cooperation around the 2017 election, but both parties will still pursue its own strong and unique policy platforms…


Little only confirms and strengthens the bond between the two parties, thereby ensuring the electoral poisoned chalice that is the Green party continues to be filled to the brim.


– NZN via Yahoo! News


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