Bertrand Bargolias…..Dreamin'

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Bertrand Bargolias aka Michael Wood has belatedly posted about his head to head with Maurice Williamson.

Again the wee man has deluded himself and proved his lack of understanding about key issues such as roading and Labours tragic record on roading.

These are the real facts from the meeting as I saw it;

Point 1
SH20 Mt Roskill extension was the issue. Maurice pointed out that Transit had said back in 2000 that it would start “next year”. Then in 2001 they said it would start “later this year”.
Then 31 October 2001 they said “SH20: Mount Roskill Extension
Transit proposes to begin construction of the SH20: Mount Roskill Extension in September 2002. Construction will take around three years, with completion expected by May 2005.”

In August 2004 they distributed a glossy pamphlet to all Auckland houses saying “SH20 Mt Roskill extension to start later this year”

As we all know it hasn’t yet started. Maurice never said it wouldn’t get started for years.

Point 2
Michael Wood’s claim that Maurice used inflation as the measure for road funding clearly shows he doesn’t understand. Maurice said the real measure of road funding was as a percentage of GDP (used internationally). Labour’s spending dropped as a percentage of GDP in their first four full years but in their first year the actual spending dropped (unprecedented).

See the following graphs.


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