Thursday, October 02, 2014

The more things change...October 2, 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The truth of that becomes increasingly obvious the longer one lives. Many issues are perennial.

From time to time I enjoy a trawl through an old newspaper. Many are now available on-line. So I thought I'd start a new posting habit of demonstrating the above maxim.

At Papers Past  historic newspapers  up to 1946 are available. So I chose a revisit date of 70 years ago today.

Maybe it'll be daily.

Here's my first offering.

Housing waiting lists are never out of the news and make excellent political fodder.

Currently there are 5,840 applications awaiting fulfilment nationally.

Here's the situation 60 years ago. Post-war perhaps but a large majority of those waiting were "civilians":

NZ Herald, October 2, 1944

Build them and they will come.


Anonymous said...

It reminds me of the film "Field of Dreams" where the ghostly voice says "Build it and they will come".

That means if we didn't build IT they wouldn't come?


Anonymous said...

That means if we didn't build IT they wouldn't come?

In general - no, But in this case yes.

Don't build the houses - no waiting list.

Don't pay 'em welfare - no bludgers.