I understand at the end of QandA over the weekend the bloke who writes satirical blog, The Civilian, announced plans for launching a political party? I only saw the start of that show and was too busy laughing to view beyond the Labour Party leader interview. I further assume such a new political entity to be a parody party?
@PeterDunneMP And surveillance of an entire population is what? #DoTheyThinkWeAreStupid
— Mark Hubbard (@MarkHubbard33) July 28, 2013
And if there were not enough parody in all this, Rob Hosking now reports Labour haven't even done the basic proofing homework on the statistics that are informing this policy: paid link, so get a subscription, but:
It is a mark of how bogus the housing debate has become that Labour’s figures about foreign owners of New Zealand houses almost definitely include former leader Helen Clark and her four houses.
The current Labour leader and Miss Clark’s successor as MP for Mt Albert, David Shearer, claimed at the weekend there are "more than 11,000 overseas investors [who] own properties here that they don't live in".
What Mr Shearer did not say is the figure comes from Inland Revenue’s numbers about “non-resident” taxpayers who pay taxes on houses they own in New Zealand.
"Non-resident" taxpayers are largely made up of expatriate New Zealanders and in this context are those who have gone overseas and who have rented out their properties here.