Goff has a tight grip, he doesn’t want to jizz his pants just yet

via ODT

Phil Goff is trying his best not to wet his knickers that Labour have bribed themselves into a coalition of losers.

He is cautiously optimistic that he can get the government to pay for all his toys.

Auckland Mayor and former Labour leader Phil Goff has congratulated Jacinda Ardern on becoming Prime Minister, saying she has taken the party from electoral disaster to electoral victory.

Goff said he had been blown away at how she had shown her mettle since taking over the Labour leadership and hit the ground running with confidence, energy and freshness.

He said Ardern – a person of honesty and integrity who worked for Goff when he was a cabinet minister – will bring a requisite set of talents to the job of Prime Minister, which will be no easy role.

Goff also paid tribute to out-going Prime Minister Bill English, who he admired as an evidence-driven politician.

“He can look back on what he has achieved for New Zealand and be very proud.”

Goff, who is in London looking at transport and housing issues, looked forward to working with the Labour-Green-NZ First coalition, saying it would be an advantage having an Auckland MP and committed Aucklander as Prime Minister. Winston Peters also lived in Auckland and understood the city’s challenges, he said.

He said there was a renewed interest from the new Government to address Auckland’s housing crisis and transport problems.

“There will be a meeting of minds on what we need for transport … but the funding issues still need to be resolved,” said Goff, saying the new Government was not a magic wand that would suddenly resolve the city’s problems.

Ardern’s first policy announcement was a light rail link from the airport to the CBD in Auckland, to be paid for out of a regional fuel levy on Aucklanders.

Last month, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesman Phil Twyford said he did not know how the costs would be shared between the Government and the council, except to say the council would not pay the majority.

Twyford also did not whether modern trams, also known as light rail, would site on the Government or the council’s balance sheet.

Between Labour, the Greens and Winston Peters there are $60 billion in promises…let’s see how they are going to pay for all that without tanking the economy.

I’m just glad I don’t have a mortgage.

My prediction is a lot of home-owners in Auckland, who voted for Labour, are about to find themselves upside down on their mortgage AND their interest rates climbing through the roof. They will be paying higher taxes too, not to mention special fuel taxes, and higher rates…but hey they voted for it.

 

-NZ Herald

 


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