Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Colin Craig Promises Land Grab

Guest post by Stephen Berry, from Affordable Auckland

If his latest interview with TV3 is anything to go by, New Zealand’s political village idiot Colin Craig plans to surpass NZ First’s vote in the next election by putting forward even more extreme success-hating populism than Winston Peters.

Craig wears a fig leaf of rectitude in saying urban boundaries in Auckland need to be extended. But in saying he and his Conservative Party would give property developers five years to develop their land before invoking the Public Works Act to have their property compulsorily acquired for development by the state, Craig drops the fig leaf altogether and exposes himself for what he  really is: An out-and-out confiscationist.

National should be very concerned about the prospects of entering into coalition with a supposed right-winger who wants to resurrect the very worst excesses of Muldoonist Think Big socialism combined with Proposition One from Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto.

Respect for private property rights is one of the main reasons housing in Auckland and Wellington is becoming increasingly unaffordable, and confiscations coupled with further government largesse will only make this worse. Private property owners should be left to decide for themselves how they use their land, with urban boundaries scrapped to remove the windfall gains on which so-called land-bankers rely.

Craig’s comments regarding developer profits are especially hypocritical when he says, "At the moment they have bought sections for 30 grand and they are selling them for over 400 and they just don't need that much money."

Who the hell does this multi-millionaire developer think he is passing judgement on other people as to how much they need?  I’m sure that not all property developers have expensive loony tunes political parties to speak for them, but the last person that should be passing judgements on the rent-seeking of others is Colin Craig.

My Affordable City ticket ran in the last local body election on a platform of affordable housing. The ticket’s proposals included a reduction in rates, elimination of council borrowing within three years, streamlining the resource consents process, removing the ability of non-affected persons to object to the granting of building consent, abolishing the urban limit and respecting private property rights.

Stephen Berry stood as Affordable Auckland’s candidate for Mayor of Auckland. He achieved 13,560 votes and finished, like Colin Craig in 2010, in third place.

4 comments:

  1. I don't understand the appeal of Colin Craig. He is clearly a fraud. He's not a Christian. He's certainly not a conservative. As far as I can tell, his political party represents some sort of mutual usury between him and politically aware fundamentalists of low intelligence.

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  2. ran in the last local body election on a platform of affordable housing

    Why on earth would you do that? Housing in NZ, in Auckland, even in the centre, is very affordable compared for those with internationally competitive incomes - people with real worth and value. Now most Kiwis are basically bludgers of one kind or another, so it's no surprise they can't afford those kinds of houses.

    To put it simply - they don't deserve them.

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  3. 13560 votes. Reminds me of Upton Sinclair "Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes and running on the slogan End poverty in California I got 879,000" Leason for the libertarianz.

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  4. Housing in NZ, in Auckland, even in the centre, is very affordable compared for those with internationally competitive incomes - people with real worth and value. Now most Kiwis are basically bludgers of one kind or another, so it's no surprise they can't afford those kinds of houses.

    My fiancee and I just bought a three bedroom three bathroom 2200sqft brand new home for US$187k in Austin, Texas, the fastest growing city and local economy in the United States. That's an affordable home, and that's what it could be like in Auckland with the right people in charge. You don't think people "deserve" that? They don't deserve to pay the real value of a house instead of an inflated value based on government-induced scarcity? The line between AngryTories and elitist Greens is fine these days...

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