Nick Smith has confirmed National has no plan to build 69,000 houses in Auckland, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.
In Question Time today, Nick Smith admitted that the 69,000 figure is only the theoretical number of houses that could be built to replace 27,000 existing state houses over the next 30-50 years. There is no plan to actually build these houses, let alone to ensure they are affordable for first homebuyers or kept as state houses.
“Bill English is buckling under the pressure. He’s got no answers on the housing crisis and is making up policy on the fly. Nick Smith has now admitted the government has no plans to build 69,000 houses.
“This isn’t leadership; it’s desperation from a Prime Minister who just wishes the housing crisis would go away but won’t do anything about it.
“At the same time, Nick Smith is trying to claim the housing shortage is ‘only’ 10,000-20,000 houses but he can’t back that number up in any way. The Government’s own documents say the shortage in Auckland is 30,000-35,000 and the nationwide shortage is 60,000. Read more »
Phil Twyford is Labour’s campaign chair for next year, he is also a massive liability because he was the architect of the Chinky names attack and not even Helen Clark trusted the weasel.
Stacey Kirk looks closely at Phil Twyford…no doubt she will be attacked for her efforts.
There’s an argument that attacking the messenger sends a message itself.
If that’s the case, Labour MP Phil Twyford might like to take another look at the image he’s conveying – both for himself and his party.
His reaction to a report revealing initial gaps in the costing of a key Labour policy, to pay young people the minimum wage for up to six months of community work, was nothing short of Trumpian.
To that end, perhaps it was entirely intentional.
It transpired a six-month, $60m policy had only been calculated on a four-month average – a fact they did not disclose. It meant that when reporters did their sums, the numbers didn’t add up.
Twyford, and the rest of Labour did not like the claim in a TV report, it had gotten its figures wrong.
They had not, and were perhaps within their rights to feel aggrieved at that.
But their omission was glaring, and if deliberate then misleading. If not deliberate, then concerning.
Either way, it was something they should expect to be called out on, which perhaps makes Twyford’s reaction all the more nasty.
He publicly attacked said TV journalist – incidentally one of New Zealand’s most respected political reporters – for doing her job and questioning the apparent gap in the numbers.
Describing the report as “biased” and a “hatchet job” on Twitter, he doubled down on the nastiness the following day.
What has many baffled is why he was allowed to launch into such a diatribe without a flick from his leader or the wider party.
Andrew Little has not publicly supported Twyford’s media attack, though he hasn’t denounced it either.
Red Clair Trevett has kicked the crap out of Labour yet again over their attacks on media for their own cock-ups over policy.
The theme of the Labour Party conference last weekend was “Backing the Kiwi Dream”.
The “Kiwi dream” has been an ongoing theme of Andrew Little’s leadership. On Sunday, the dream came by way of a policy to provide six months’ community work at the minimum wage to young unemployed people.
He painted a bucolic picture of strong, fit youth out in the wilderness building tracks, saving the animals and helping in soup kitchens.
Then came the wake-up call.
It was costed at $60 million. The amount is neither here nor there. It is certainly not worth the trouble it has caused. Journalists who took to their calculators could not make it tally with the six-month scheme on offer.
Questioned further, Labour told a television journalist it was based on an average uptake of four months per person.
She reported that, along with the observation Labour’s numbers did not add up for a six-month scheme.
That sparked a three-day war as Labour’s Phil Twyford took to Twitter and then in person to deride the report as biased, a “hatchet job” and “unprofessional”. What riled Labour was the claim it had botched its numbers (not helped by National minister Steven Joyce’s quip when told of the difference: “asterisk: may contain nuts.”).
The two idiot brothers of Labour, Andrew Little and Phil Twyford have ramped up their war on the media. They really are blessed with an abundance of stupidity.
They really are blessed with an abundance of stupidity. John Key, rightly, puts the boot in.
Prime Minister John Key says Labour is “in a bit of a meltdown” after its MP Phil Twyford, with backing from Labour leader Andrew Little launched an attack against a 1 News reporter.
Labour’s campaign chairman Twyford has accused 1 News’ Andrea Vance of “unprofessional” and “biased'” reporting around the costing of Labour’s new jobs scheme policy.
Vance had said Labour’s numbers did not add up after Labour admitted the $60 million costing for its proposed six month job scheme was based on the assumption people would take part for an average of four months.
Key said it was not the first time Labour had presented incorrect costings.
“The Labour Party are clearly in a bit of a meltdown. They turn up, yet again, with a policy that is incorrect. I’ve got their policy and it says ‘six months.’ It is not funded that way and they can attack the media all they want as a distraction but the truth is, yet again, they got it wrong.”
Asked how National would cost such a policy he said “if we are funding something for effectively four months, we say it.”
I’m not sure Phil Twyford understands that his Twitter exchange berating various Media party members like Red Andrea and Red Claire was public.
In any case, a war with media is fraught with danger and he has succeeded in pissing off several key members of the Press Gallery. Accusing them of bias and not running your lines the way you wanted is just plain retarded.
With just one Tweet Phil Twyford has signalled the undermining of Andrew Little as leader.
The architect behind the chinky names smear from Labour has now been appointed as their campaign chair.
That will be the end of any donations from people with chinky sounding surnames.
Labour MP Phil Twyford has been given a leading role in the party’s election campaign next year.
Twyford has been made Labour’s campaign chairman, which puts him charge of strategy for the election. Read more »
In an interview with Richard Harman, Phil Twyford indicated the CGT is still in play
There is a critical missing policy in Labour’s suite of housing announcements made over the weekend.
Though the policies would extend the current bright line test to apply income tax on the resale of homes from within two to within five years, it stops short of a full capital gains tax.
However, it is not off the table.
Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford told POLITIK last night that Labour would reconvene the tax working group once it was in Government.
“Grant Robertson’s position has been that he’s not going to rule anything out,” said Mr Twyford.
“All options will be on the table for tax reform.”
So, the cowards intend to set up a “working party” after the election, and then have that magically recommend CGT, at which time Labour will invoke the “thorough consultation” mantra and push it through. Read more »
.@PhilTwyford in Parliament just now: ‘National wants to make housing a race issue’. From the man who brought you the Chinese names smear.
— Christopher Bishop (@cjsbishop) June 29, 2016
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. Read more »
Simon Collins runs a hit piece on housing for Phil Twyford, but Twyford has no answers.
New homes and sections created under the Auckland Housing Accord have dropped below target as the building industry struggles to find extra labour, materials and equipment.
The latest quarterly report shows that 30,389 new homes have been consented or sections created since the accord between Auckland Council and the Government took effect in October 2013.
That’s 78 per cent of the target of 39,000 new homes and sections due by the end of the three-year accord on September 30.
Only 6605 new homes and sections were consented in the six months to March, just 39 per cent of the target of 17,000 for the full final year of the accord to September.
There is always a seasonal lull during the summer holidays, especially for new sections.
But 5674 new dwelling and sections were consented in the same six months last summer, or 44 per cent of the 13,000 target for the year to last September.