A wet bus ticket, aka National’s affordable housing package

By Jane Clifton In Politics

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Faced with a housing affordability crisis, the Government beat its chest with great ferocity and … produced a wet bus ticket with which it didn’t even propose to slap anybody. True, there was a bit of teeth-baring towards local government, and a long-overdue investigation into the – how to put this politely? – “remarkably old-fashioned lack of competition” in the pricing of building products. But the package was a very broad to-do list, and an incomplete one at that. But you can’t fairly carp without acknowledging how devilishly tough this job is. Go too hard in the direction ...

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