Why is Len Brown handling public transport fiasco so poorly?
UPDATE: Gay Bashings in Auckland as well as public transport meltdown - who said the Rugby World Cup wasn't inclusive?
You know shit is messed up when right wing baby faced assassin Cameron Brewer is getting in hits over the RWC public transport fiasco.
I've been joking that Aucklandtransportisshit# would become the highest trending tweet on twitter for about a year now, the hate crime that is Auckland's poorly funded public transport system is just another fail mark against NZs attempt to be a first world country.
Central Government have taken $7 billion in transport tax from Aucklanders in 15 years, yet have only re-invested half of that back in Aucklands infrastructure. The Auckland SuperCity was supposed to wrestle this power back, but because National's candidate didn't win, it's Wellington once again robbing Auckland.
What makes right wing baby faced assassin Cameron Brewers attempt to place blame and thwart Len's attempt at restoration so audacious is that it has been his mates in power who have been doing all they can to underfund Auckland public transport while pouring billions into motorways.
Steven Joyce, the Transport Minister who when appointed as Transport Minister had to admit he had never caught any public transport as an adult, has gone amazingly quiet since the RWC fiasco hasn't he? Which is strange because until then he was always telling Auckland that public transport like the electrified rail loop wasn't a priority and that despite the billions he's wasting on roads no one will be able to afford to drive on once peak oil makes private transport as affordable as liquid gold, Aucklanders should stump up for their own rail loop even though Wellington owes us from decades of underfunding.
To have right wing baby faced assassin Cameron Brewer stomp and pout over public transport while his Government mates rip public transport to pieces is like Paul Henry bemoaning the lack of intelligent debate in current affairs.
By trying to grandstand and thwart Len, Counsellor Brewer shows once again the he doesn't represent Aucklands interests, he represents Wellingtons interests, and their interests are served by keeping Key, Joyce and McCully as far away from media scrutiny over service failure of Aucklands ridiculously underfunded infrastructure as an inner city bus is to keeping it's timetable.
Which is why Len's response to date is so mystifyingly weak. It isn't his fault that he inherited a busted and broken joke of a public transport and he has fought Joyce tooth and nail for an electrified rail loop. It was the same thing over the Statutory Maori Board, that was Rodney Hides fault, not Len's, yet the Mayors office never fights back. The meek might inherit the earth Len, but the bloody angry articulating public fury wins elections and a weak Mayor serves only one term.
Meanwhile, the report on this public transport fiasco is due out Tuesday, so expect it late Friday.