Len Brown recruits… everyone who doesn’t like John Key

Lobbyists and opposition political parties are welcoming the idea of light rail through some of Auckland’s main arterial routes.

Auckland Transport says it’s investigating whether light rail on Queen St, Symonds St, Sandringham Rd, Dominion Rd, Mt Eden Rd and Manukau Rd is a good alternative to buses.

Most of those routes had trams running on them before they were removed in the 1950s.

Auckland Transport chairman Lester Levy says light rail could move more than three times the number of people per hour than buses, and at higher speeds, and would complement other projects like the City Rail Link rather than replace it.

He says a public private partnership could be a good way to fund it.

Labour’s Auckland issues spokesman Phil Goff says light rail would be a great help to the central isthmus, which is not served by heavy rail.

“The real question is not the need for light rail but rather it’s as yet unidentified cost and how this cost would be met.”

NZ First transport spokesman Denis O’Rourke says it’s a great idea and the Government should fund 75 percent of it.

It’s basic strategy – Len Brown wants his train set but can’t pay for it.  He’s now got all the opposition parties on board to tell John Key he is a miserable sod.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has told Aucklanders not to get too excited, saying it’s only at the investigation phase, and it would need to be considered alongside other major projects.

Oh, but Len is excited!  He’s been shunned by Labour before the election.  He was a pariah that nobody could be seen with.   But now that there is no election on, that has changed.  Len now has friends again.  Friends that want to use him to put pressure on John Key.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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