The ‘alternative facts’ virus is spreading as fast as a speeding bullet.
One short phone call with the highly infectious US President Donald Trump was enough to lay Prime Minister Bill English low.
And already he’s spread it to his close colleague Nick Smith.
Having spectacularly failed to conquer Auckland’s burgeoning housing crisis over the past eight years – both English and Smith are now implying it’s all a beat up.
Rejecting a recently released Treasury paper estimating the housing shortage in New Zealand had reached 60,000 and was growing by 40 houses a day – the Government is now presenting an alternative fact – that the national housing shortfall is a mere 10,000-20,000.
Smith said yesterday the figures came from his officials and when questioned on the discrepancy said: ‘It’s a very difficult number to estimate’.