Has Simon Bridges killed his leadership chances?

Look Simon, I know you GPS tracking and tolls but it's a really bad look son

Look Simon, I know you GPS tracking and tolls but it’s a really bad look son

Elections are won and lost in Auckland, with the Auckland Party Vote being crucial to winning and losing an election.

This makes Simon Bridges’ attempt to make Aucklanders pay for their own roads a very interesting move.

It may be a good move from a funding perspective, or a necessary move because Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are so useless that they have wasted lots of money, but it is not a good move for National. It will hurt in the polls if Aucklanders blame the government for having to pay tolls on the roads they have already been taxed to pay for.  

Simon Bridges also faces a big ethical dilemma.

Does he do the right thing and introduce toll roads in Auckland, or does he put his own leadership ambitions first? It is hard to imagine a National leader being able to win the votes of Auckland MPs in caucus if he has introduced road tolls in Auckland, and as a result they lose seats or suffer reduced majorities.

If Bridges is serious about being Prime Minister he needs to stop the tolls on the roads, and find another funding source that doesn’t piss off National voters and caucus members. He could just stop the waste of money that is the CRL and use that to fund the roads that Aucklanders want to use.

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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.

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