Good afternoon my fellow New Zealanders. I, Paula “The Westie” Bennett, have been asked by this obscure blog to post some words from my brain hole. Far be it from me to remain quiet on any subject, I have accepted this challenge and I now sit her in a chair typing words into a document that will, at some point in the near future, be uploaded to this blog I’ve never heard of.
You know, as deputy leader of the opposition, I see a lot of nonsense coming from the coalition government. Take the recent announcement from Sir Peter Gluckman about methamphetamine contamination. From the reaction of Phil Twyford, it looks like he may have been dabbling a bit himself (although I wouldn’t know what that would be like having never taken any drugs of any description OR misrepresented my situation to Work and Income at any time – and I will sue, to death, anyone who says anything to the contrary). Twyford has been all over the place.
What are the government doing? They know what they have to do. Compensation for any Housing New Zealand tenantwho has been evicted or private landlord who has ended up out of pocket from this nonsensical policy.
Even though I was minister at the time and I was responsible for making all manner of policy decisions for and appointing senior public servants to Housing New Zealand, at no point did I exercise any ministerial control over the department. I certainly never suggested that people and babies should be evicted from their homes. And even when I did so those things, I was just reporting Housing New Zealand policy which, as I’ve already said, I and the National Party had absolutely no control over in the slightest. How could we be responsible for this? It’s the government’s fault and we are not the government.
It’s clear the government have been caught short by this research and now they have over 200 state houses that are back on the market for people to live in.
I thought it was important people had all the facts before they jumped down my party’s throat saying we caused this crisis and it was our hysterical dog whistle politics that lead to this eviction policy. It wasn’t. In all the time we were in power we never had one single policy that stemmed from our dog whistles – except for the three strikes policy, and our benefit sanctions, and this one. But apart from that, we had no policies.
I think you know what I mean.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have another important engagement. There is an important walk-on role I have to play on the Jono and Ben show because when you’re deputy leader of the opposition you have to take what you can get.