Government seizes waterfront - this is no longer an 'us' event, it's Nationals event
While public transport implodes, Maori get beaten by racists and gay bashings jump, you still have to feel for John Key's bad luck timing. 30minutes after smugly mocking critics of his $10million dollar temporary Cloud Tent at Party Central, down town Auckland was declared a public safety hazard.
He's the Pied Piper of Party Central, where John Key boldly declares NZ should party in a central location using faulty transport systems and ill conceived ideas, so the masses shall centrally party.
No matter how many times people would point out that 60 000 into 12 000 won't go, the bewilderingly optimistic John Key would answer with little more than shrug and the face you pull when you fart.
Amazingly that look seems to be enough for the mainstream media. Even though his Government were told the transport system wouldn't work under this weight 20 months ago, John Key's response is still a shrug, and that's good enough for Close Up.
John Key could set a train full of World Cup rugby fans on fire, and the NZ Herald editorial would still read, 'PM shows bold leadership'.
As for John's Boris Yeltsin sober performance at the ceremony, let's hope the Prime Minister didn't pilot his own NZ Air Force chopper ride back home.
Mantrol, Mr Prime Minister. Mantrol.
We now have a situation where the Minister for Trainwrecks, Murry McCully has seized control of the wharf using extraordinary powers, while blaming Len Brown for decades of under investment into Auckland's public transport infrastructure.
What a slap in the face to Len Brown!
After being told 2 years ago the system wouldn't cope, while demanding that 60 000 fitted into 12 000 , the Government have ignored their own culpability in this fiasco and now rush in and take over the entire event!
THE TRAIN COMPANY WEREN'T EVEN ASKED TO PUT ON EXTRA TRAINS FOR GODS SAKE!
However, now the Government have seized the Rugby World Cup Party Central, that makes it a legitimate target for anti-Government protests. Angry at privatization? Angry about crippling the welfare state? Just don't like John Key? Well now the event is a National Party event and no longer an Auckland event jointly run by the SuperCity and the Government, that means this World Cup is no longer an 'us' event, it's a 'them' event, and I'm damned if I'm celebrating a fucking National Party function!
Has Murray really thought out the implications of this? Who will he get to run in? The military?
Everything that happens from this point on is the direct responsibility of the National Party now.
How can John Key spend almost 3years saying 'come to party central, come to party central, come to party central, come to party central, come to party central, come to party central, come to party central, come to party central' and then want to blame Len Brown when everyone comes to party central?
This is no longer NZ's RWC, this is the National Party's RWC, and they and their audacity can go to hell.