Living in a garage in the middle of a Christchurch winter is positive, says Gerry Brownlee!
For months the Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has been denying there is a housing crisis in Christchurch and, specifically, the eastern suburbs. But as the crisis has deepened Brownlee's claims that there is nothing fundamentally wrong have become increasingly shrill and ridiculous.
But Brownlee's credibility has sunk even further - if that could be possible. When confronted with even more evidence of a deepening housing crisis, he has absurdly claimed that it is 'positive' for Christchurch!
According to new Trade Me figures rents climbed 26 percent in the second quarter of 2012. And demand for housing rose 47 percent while supply actually fell by 34 percent. If anything, these figures underestimate the scale of the crisis.
Trade Me commented that the skyrocketing rents was 'grim' for Christchurch tenants compared to the rest of the country.
So increasing rents are driving more and people into poverty while bloodsucking landlords have been given a free hand to exploit the situation.
But according to Brownlee: "I see these figures as being a huge positive for the future of this city. This is a very, very positive story for Christchurch."
Only Brownlee could see anything positive' in the reality of people living in garages and cars. Of course since this clown never spends more than one day a week in Christchurch, he has never actually been into the eastern suburbs to see what people have to deal with everyday.
According to Brownlee its 'very encouraging' to have more and more people searching for less and less affordable housing. This man is an idiot.
Of course if he was to front up and admit there was a crisis that would put the onus on the Government to intervene to ito ameliorate the worst excesses of the crisis. Instead the Government has abandoned the eastern suburbs to the hyenas of 'the market'.
If Christchurch had a mayor who was doing his job, he would be right now publicly chastising Brownlee for insulting the people of Christchurch and be demanding that the Government decisively intervene in the crisis. But Mayor Sideshow Bob is the ineffectual toady of Brownlee's and he'll keep his mouth shut. Anyway Bob has more important priorities - like how to wangle a ratepayer-funded overseas trip for himself and the wife.