Gosh, wow, marvellous
Just seen the gushing John Campbell doing a promo for his TV3 show tonight on top of the new Newmarket viaduct. I bet $215 million - the cost of the project - that he thinks it's marvellous and that he (like the rest of the media) don't bother to assess the project for what it is - a pointless and monumental waste.
As I explained in a detailed post in January the NZTA will spend $215m ripping down something that is perfectly fine (there is no engineering reason I can find for it to be demolished), and will build something to resemble the old one except now it will have one extra lane. $215m for one extra lane. It is such a grotesque waste it amounts to economic sabotage.
If you wonder why Auckland still doesn't have rail to the North Shore and rail through the CBD this Newmarket squander is why: the government is in cahoots with the roading lobby and the motorway constructors.
I will update once I've seen Campbell Live, but I'm not expecting very much apart from a lot of gosh, wow and marvellous.
UPDATE | 7:20pm: Yip, just as I predicted. A big PR number for the NZTA. Gosh, I'm wearing a hard hat looking like more of a knob than usual. Wow, the motorway will have to be closed down. Marvellous, aren't the views great. Absolutely no questions asked whatsoever. Mindless shit.