Culpability, Ctd

Len Brown is going to wish he never opened his gob as he seeks out others to blame for his failings. He says he is trying to find out what went wrong and who is responsible. The investigation should take about 30 seconds if he stands in front of the mirror. Just one month ago he was telling us it was his responsibility:

Auckland Mayor Len Brown caught the train from Britomart and spent the game seated next to All Black legend Graham Mourie.

“There were lots of people saying ‘Good job, Mr Mayor’,” he said, “and you had this sense of optimism in the crowd. At the ground, there is an outstanding presence of police and security who are highly visible.

“I’ve had major oversight of this Eden Park project to make sure everything is done right and I am very confident.”

Yes Len, you said it. You had major oversight of this Eden Park project. You appointed your cronies to the board of Auckland transport, you claimed the successes, now you can claim the failures.

The question that still remains unanswered is why Len Brown took the car on the un-congested roads while imploring Aucklanders to take the train?


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  • thor42

    I saw a statement in an article about the debacle which said that the plans were for the World Cup crowds being double the usual peak loadings on the trains. Pffft. Even **I** could have told them to plan for **four or five** times the usual peak loadings. Very poorly done. It’s just as well that a lot of the games are outside Auckland, thereby sparing the Auckland Council even more embarrassment.

  • A hat-tip would be nice ;-)

    But the point is well made; Len Brown was happy to take the kudos when everything went as it was supposed to. When it all turns to muck, he ducks and dives and runs for cover. Auckland voters got the mayor they wanted.

  • diabolos

    To earn browneye points with Steven Joyce and Roading Contractors?

    I thought he was claiming the failures? He opted to be Mayor (dumbass) of a flawed plan by the NACT Government Cabal of reactionaries.

  • Mr Blobby

    First time I have used public transport for ever, will be the last time.
    We thought it would be good to come in by ferry from Half Moon Bay.
    Next time it will by car at least the roads work when they get a bit congested.
    Fcuk public transport give me back my transport subsidy you have been taking off me all these years to fund this uneconomic, inefficient and uncoordinated mess.

  • Michael

    Just as many people use public transport to get to major games in Wellington. Never any problems.

  • Andy C

    The fact that party central , the ferry terminal and Britomart are about 100 meters appart was a recipie for chaos. The trains should have been diverted to the old Auckland Central to get them out of the way.

  • Scanner

    Success has a thousand fathers – Failure is an orphan

  • John Q Public

    I’d be taking the train to the next one Mr Blobby, as they’ll be near empty and it’ll be the roads that will be clogged and dysfunctional.