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Letter to the editor – more silliness from former Nat President, Michelle Boag

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date: Sun, Jul 17, 2016
subject: Letter to the editor

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The editor
Dominion Post

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On 17 July, on TVNZ’s Q+A, former National Party president. Michelle Boag, parroted the now oft-repeated cliche that “government don’t build houses”. This was in response to our worsening housing crisis.

Former Labour Party President, Mike Williams, duly corrected Boag by reminding her that successive Labour governments have built over 68,000 state houses to provide homes for the poorest and most vulnerable families. These homes give a roof over family’s heads and stability for children so that they may attend school on a regular basis.

Even our current esteemed Prime Minister once lived in a state house.

It seems to be a misguided notion by many on the Right of politics that governments “cannot do things”.

The power stations, transmission grid, roads, railways, schools, hospitals, airports, telecommunications system, state housing, and many other aspects to our modern lives are based on what successive governments and previous generations have built.

The $1.5 billion fibre-optic cable up-grade throughout the country is the latest investment by the State, for the benefit of all.

I suggest a refresher course in New Zealand history for Boag and her right-wing colleagues might be in order.

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-Frank Macskasy

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[address and phone number supplied]

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References

TVNZ Q+A: Housing Affordability -Panel

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housing - labour - national - michael savage

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  1. 21 July 2016 at 9:23 am

    … I told you so! This is what will be heard by a chorus of NZ economists and others who’ve been giving the National government a “Hint” of what will happen if they don’t change their policy to intervene in the Housing Market to avert a major event in NZ’s economic history. PM Key will be remembered solely for this. The National Party won’t change their ideology for there to be any kind of Market Intervention …. a new (change of) government in 2017 is looking more likely.

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