Twyford epitomises Labour’s chasing passing cars strategy

Phil Twyford, the architect of Labour’s assault on people with Chinky-sounding names, has again wrapped himself in the Cloak of Hypocrisy and strode forward hiding behind his Shield of Sanctimony.

Labour’s housing spokesman Phil Twyford has been accused of being a hypocrite after calling out the government for turning the housing debate into a “race issue.”

In Parliament last night, Mr Twyford accused the government of standing on the side of foreign, non-resident speculators against the interests of young Kiwi first-home buyers.

He was speaking on Labour’s bill that would amend the Overseas Investment Act to apply new restrictions on non-resident buyers of New Zealand residential properties to “better protect New Zealand home buyers.”

He says most New Zealanders want to see more restrictions on foreign buying but the government is telling voters that they are “xenophobic.”

But National MP Christopher Bishop says Mr Twyford’s comments are hypocritical.  

“He’s the one who injected race into the debate in a fairly insulting way by using a dodgy analysis to smear an entire ethnicity,” he says.

This time last year, Mr Twyford used leaked data from Barfoot and Thompson – which revealed almost 40% of Auckland houses sold from February to April in that year were to buyers with Chinese-sounding surnames – in an attempt to demonstrate the effect overseas investment was having on the property market.

Mr Twyford and the Labour Party faced a strong backlash after the data was released.

Despite this, he remains adamant restricting foreign ownership of housing would help calm the red-hot Auckland housing market.

He told NBR ONLINE earlier this month if elected, Labour would crack down on speculators, starting with an immediate ban on non-resident foreign buyers buying existing homes.

This was one of their passing-car strategies and it backfired spectacularly, starving the party of vital donors and members.

But still he continues with it, at the same time as accusing the government. The man has about as many scruples as Andrew Little.



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