Otago Daily Times

It is time for Labour to take the lead on ad­dress­ing in­equal­ity

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I AGREE with P. Hayward (Letters, 13.11.20), in hop­ing that the Labour Govern­ment has the courage to take de­ci­sive action to tackle the in­equal­i­ties in our so­ci­ety.

The hous­ing mar­ket would be a good place to be­gin, and P. Hayward’s sug­ges­tion could be a start­ing point for dis­cus­sion on tax re­form.

How can the Prime Min­is­ter refer to our ‘‘team of five mil­lion’’ when a large pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion finds it hard to sur­vive be­cause of the grow­ing gap be­tween the rich and the poor? We don’t want the ‘‘new nor­mal’’ to be worse than it was pre­Covid­19. Labour may lose its big ma­jor­ity at the next elec­tion if it fails to act on this se­ri­ous prob­lem.

Kath­leen Ken­rick

Roslyn

Na­tional pol­i­tics

SO, the Nats take a page out of the Trump book of ‘‘lies and mis­in­for­ma­tion’’ by putting out a paid ad­ver­tise­ment on Face­book prior to the elec­tion stat­ing that the Green Party would in­tro­duce a wealth tax and those peo­ple would be $140 a week worse off.

The whole thing was ba­si­cally a lie, and through mis­in­for­ma­tion it was an at­tempt to sow seeds of doubt in peo­ple’s minds, as per the Trump copy­book — you say lies of­ten enough, some­one will lis­ten sooner or later.

Ju­dith Collins ap­par­ently just ‘‘shrugged the whole thing off’’, an at­ti­tude that does not sur­prise me but that I still find rep­re­hen­si­ble.

We have all seen the en­su­ing chaos and anger over­seas that comes from play­ing these games, and I would like to think New Zealand is bet­ter than that.

It’s a slip­pery slope, once these sorts of things are al­lowed to hap­pen. There needs to be a penalty, and a se­vere one, avail­able to de­ter such gut­ter pol­i­tics here.

Gra­ham Bul­man

Roslyn

Same old story

AN old adage notes that ‘‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’’.

In an elec­tion de­bate be­tween the Prime Min­is­ter and Leader of the Op­po­si­tion, the cost of hous­ing was a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue, as it had gone up by 50% in three years un­der Labour. Young peo­ple, es­pe­cially, were strug­gling to buy a home.

The Govern­ment needed to stop prop­erty spec­u­la­tion. It was also al­leged that there were too many im­mi­grants.

The Prime Min­is­ter was Bill Rowl­ing. The Leader of the Op­po­si­tion was Robert Mul­doon. The year was 1975 — some 45 years ago.

I’m sure both par­ties had a plan to bring things un­der con­trol. What­ever hap­pened to their plans?

Gerrard Eck­hoff

Alexan­dra ....................................

BI­BLE READ­ING: Many who are first will be last, and the last first. — Matthew 19.30.

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