David Cunliffe is playing silly beggars over the value of his house:
A battle of the million-dollar houses has broken out between the Prime Minister and Labour leader David Cunliffe.
But there’s a snag with Mr Cunliffe’s attempts to attack John Key for living in a mansion; his own home is worth millions too, and the Prime Minister says he’s trying to hide it.
“I live in Parnell and I am proud of it,” Mr Key told Parliament. “That member [Mr Cunliffe] lives in Herne Bay. He just does not want his supporters to know.”
Herne Bay is one of the country’s most expensive suburbs. Mr Cunliffe’s road, Marine Parade, is considered the suburb’s best street.
Mr Key’s house is worth nearly $10 million, while Mr Cunliffe’s is valued at $2.5 million.
“We bought the worst house in the best street,” says Mr Cunliffe. “It was a do-up; it probably wouldn’t be the average of the area.
“Mr Key spent time in the money markets and has a personal fortune, which is many times our reasonably middle-range existence.” . . .
The combined salaries of a senior MP and lawyer might be middle-range on the planet where people on $150,000 need a $60 a week baby bribe, but most of us would call it well above the middle.
There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact there’s a lot right about it.
No-one who understands the value of aspiration would try to hide it, they would, as the PM does, use it to show what hard work can do. That’s not showing off, it’s providing a positive role model.
In contrast to that good example, the Labour leader is trying to hide his wealth.
Is he ashamed of it, or is he just being tricky again?