Leighton Smith: Homeless count an exercise in exhibitionism

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Section
Opinion,
Publish Date
Monday, 17 September 2018, 11:44a.m.
This is an exercise in exhibitionism on the part of the Mayor. Photo / Getty Images

The Mayor of Auckland is trying to show how compassionate he is. He is going out tonight with a bunch of others, up to 1000 people or so, and they're going to go out and count the homeless, those sleeping in the streets.

For what purpose? What does he have up his sleeve that he can utilise to resolve it?

It doesn't matter how many there are, there's quite a few and that's all you need to know.

This is an exercise in exhibitionism on the part of the Mayor. You don't have to know how many precisely, you just have to know that they're there and you then need to ask the question why?

Why are there so many people street sleeping? Why are there so many people in doorways or down alleys sleeping? Why are there so many people in cars, cooking on little gas stoves outside the car doors?

Why are they there? How did it happen? Why is there so much homelessness in Auckland? Is Auckland any different to somewhere else?

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