Sideshow Bob has got nothing to say about the deepening social crisis in the eastern suburbs. He'd rather talk about 'Chinese-style booms' instead.
Mayor Sideshow Bob was on Mike Yardley's morning show this week on NewstalkZB. He was interviewed by Yardley and took several questions from listeners.
I didn't hear the entire show but I did hear Bob, in response to what seemed to a be a patsy question from a caller, go into raptures about Christchurch looking forward to a 'Chinese-style boom' and that this was a time for entrepreneurs and these were exciting times, blah blah blah. We're all heard this kind of thing a hundred times before from other cheerleaders for the government.
Meanwhile, out in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch, people continue to struggle. The social crisis deepens as we head into another long winter. It's a damning indictment on Sideshow Bob, Gerry Brownlee and on Roger Sutton that the situation in the Eastside has not only not improved - it has deteriorated further.
Just a ten minute walk or so from my place a number of state houses have been boarded up. Caravans have now appeared in several of the front gardens.They are home to families with nowhere else to live. Perhaps Bob could pay them a visit and tell them all about his 'Chinese style boom'. I'm sure that will cheer them up no end.
In the Eastside people are living in damaged houses in the red zone because they cannot afford the astronomical rents being demanded by bloodsucking landlords, people are living in garages and in cars, they are living in overcrowded conditions .
House rents have shot up astronomically. Landlords are exploiting people's desperate situations by demanding rents far in excess of what could be considered fair and reasonable. Rents are, on average, 20 percent higher than they were at the same time last year. This is nothing more than price gouging yet absolutely nothing has been done about it . Why isn't Sideshow Bob demanding that a cap be put on rent increases in order to prevent price gouging?
Why isn't he doing his job and representing all the people of Christchurch? Because he's Gerry Brownlee's pet poodle that's why.
On May 20, the day of the rally to save the Cathedral, approximately one hundred people protested outside of Gery Brownlee's National Party office. They carried placards with message like 'Freeze the rent”and “Rent is too damn high”
The Government has failed to provide anything near enough low cost housing and the people in the eastern suburbs are paying the price for this inaction.
In April Sideshow Bob.when pressed by TV3's The Nation, grudgingly admitted that the lack of affordable housing was 'a crisis for some people'. But since then he has done Brownlee's bidding and kept his mouth shut.
Instead Bob would rather blow hot air about 'Chinese style booms' and pretend that there isn't a deepening social crisis happening in his own backyard.
He is a disgrace and the good people of Christchurch deserve a whole lot better.