Moral Barbie

You have played with fashion Barbie.

Fashion Barbie


You have admired pregnant Barbie.

But now in a toy first I introduce to you Moral Barbie AKA Conscience Cindy.

‘Morals, let’s have some’ Credit: Luke

Previous political dolls stuck to policies and promises but this latest version (as created by the New Zealand Labour Party) thinks that she can impose morals socialism on New Zealand landlords.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged landlords who raised rents after student allowances went up by $50 per week to do what is morally right.

She has more cheek than a fat man’s bottom saying that. Her government’s new policies caused the shortage of rentals by making rental investments a lot less attractive and increased the number of students now seeking rentals by giving away a year’s free tertiary education with no strings attached. The demand this put on the remaining rental properties naturally increased the rent.

It is not immoral to ask for more when your rental property is in high demand any more than it is immoral to cut your asking price significantly when there is low demand. That is how a free market has always worked.

The average rental price for an entire property in Wellington went up by $42 between November and December of 2017 – right as it was announced that student allowances would increase by $50 on November 21.

[…] “The question for landlords [is] whether that’s morally right,” she said.

Ms Ardern said tenants who felt their rent increase was unfair had the right to challenge it if they had an existing tenancy agreement when it was increased.
“When you see that action, call it out for what it is,” she said.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says rents typically rise at that time of the year as flats change hands.
Statistics show that Auckland average rent for new tenancies has had a slow, but steady increase, while Wellington rents fluctuate strongly based on the time of year.



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