Shall we see the next experiment of socialism on the horizon?
Host Lisa Owen was probing Ardern for her view whether capitalism had failed, on a scale of one to 10, in response to coalition partner and New Zealand First leader Winston Peter’s statement that many Kiwis were correct when they considered capitalism to have been a foe.
Ardern said there had been market failures in New Zealand such as the country having the worst homelessness in the developed world, most people’s incomes not keeping up with inflation, and the cost of housing outstripping most people’s reach.
“When you have a market economy, it all comes down to whether or not you acknowledge where the market has failed and where intervention is required. Has it failed our people in recent times? Yes. How can you claim you’ve been successful when you have growth roughly 3 per cent, but you’ve got the worst homelessness in the developed world?”
Housing affordability goes out the window when you live on an island with limited land, yet allow in lots of immigrants while your government wont budge on an old zoning plan of decades ago, meant for moderate growth.