The Truth on-line is now up and running.
(For those who don't know Josie Pagani has replaced Bomber Bradbury and now writes the column 'from the left'.)
"Housing affordability will be a major election issue in 2014.
There’s a difference though between mortgage affordability and the affordability of rent. Both problems affect large numbers but the second group is less likely to vote. That’s why the National Government has focused its reforms on home ownership first, if not only.
Houses are expensive because there aren’t enough. Finance Minister Bill English promises to cut waiting times for (some)
consents to build to six months tops – still two seasons during which
would-be home owners twiddle their thumbs. "
Other Truth columns here
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