The very definition of short sighted stupidity

Labour has decided to make the killing of the much needed Puhoi-Wellsford connection in favour of an inner city rail loop an election issue. David Farrar has kindly gone over the issue here in terms of the economic positives for Puhoi-Wellsford, and why it’s a much needed economic connection for the North of New Zealand.

Essentially, Labour have dropped their responsibilities they owe to all New Zealanders, and instead are focusing all their efforts on winning inner city Auckland voters. They have basically grabbed ahold of Labour Len’s policy, and taken it as their own. For all we know, there has probably been massive co-ordination between Labour Len’s mayoral office and Goffice in Wellington to try and get traction on this issue.

Here though, both Labour Len and the Goffice have massively blundered through short sighted stupidity.

In 12 days time, Labour will be torn to shreds. And with that brutal act of laceration at the hands of the voters, will be the dropping of the inner city rail loop plans into the shredder. After all – Labour have explicitly campaigned on this issue.

And so, with National’s impending victory, they will be even more emboldened to tell Labour Len “the inner city rail loop was comprehensively rejected by voters” and that National’s transport and infrastructure vision was comprehensively mandated.

Labour Len will then become Lame Len, Lord of the Loser’s Loop.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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