What an omnishambles.
Bill English has caused confusion in parliament with his cute answers over the 10 bridges that National has promised to build in Northland.
The Government was asked to reaffirm its commitment to upgrade Northland bridges after comments by Finance Minister Bill English caused confusion in Parliament today.
The National Party has promised to upgrade 10 one-way bridges in Northland as part of its byelection campaign, which polls indicate will be a close-run race between National’s Mark Osborne and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.
Answering a question in the House today, Mr English indicated the completion of the bridges upgrade could depend on the byelection outcome.
“A political party has made an undertaking in an election – the Northland byelection. Whether it can be executed may well depend on the outcome of that election,” Mr English said.
Pressed by Labour’s Grant Robertson on whether he could confirm the 10 bridges would be upgraded under the current Government, Mr English still left room for interpretation.
“That is certainly National’s view … but in order to achieve a majority in this house you have to work with other parties. Â Read more »