Williams Watch: Going for Gold

Not satisfied with upsetting local residents, the mental Mayor of North Shore, Andrew Williams, has started a campaign to upset the whole country.

Andrew Williams is a trainspotterAn Auckland region mayor has expressed his “heartfelt thanks to people in the provinces for their generous contribution towards sorting out Auckland’s transport problems”.

North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams was commenting after the government announced it would scrap regional fuel taxes – including Auckland’s which was to increase to 9.5c a litre in two years – and replace them with an increase in the national petrol tax.

The national fuel tax will increase by three cents a litre in October this year and again in October 2010.

The changes to the petrol tax are part of the government’s $1 billion additional investment in the state highway network announced this week.

“This is brilliant news for Auckland that we will not have to fund our rail electrification, ferry upgrades, integrated ticketing and the Penlink causeway solely from fuel taxes taken within the Auckland region,” Williams says.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the people from the likes of Gore, Timaru, Hokitika, Waipukurau, Stratford, Opotiki, and Kerikeri for contributing in the future to Auckland’ transport woes.”

Williams says Aucklanders are willing pay their own way out of congestion problems, “but others knew better in Wellington”.

I wonder what time his press release was sent out? This guy surely is the biggest cock to ever enter local body politics.