The blue-green millennial sister blog to The Spinoff – Transport Blog – has reared up and attacked dear old Mike Lee again.
In the blue green year zero mentality, all lefties who did some good in the past must be wiped aside as the first user pays generation changes the mantra from ‘we, we, we’ to ‘me, me, me’.
Blue Green millennials don’t want a distribution of wealth for everybody to succeed, they want a distribution of wealth for them to succeed.
For example, the Unitary Plan campaign on The Spinoff won’t help one poor person locked in poverty to get a house, but it will help young trendy blue greeners to buy into the property market.
Likewise on Transport Blog, their push is for the gentrification of public transport so those in the wealthier suburbs can park their Prius and take public transport for the aesthetics of environmentalism.They have zero interest in free public transport so the poor and students can catch public transport because then they would have to sit next to smelly poor people.
You can’t get Blue Greeners out of their Prius if they have to sit next to smelly workers.
Like The Spinoff, it always helps to know who is actually paying the bills here, and Transport Blog seems very much in the thrall of Auckland Transport – they whose corruption knows no bounds – so there was an official information act request a couple of months ago to actually check if Auckland Transport have paid any of the lead bloggers on Transport Blog any money.
Turns out yes…
…so let’s take what Transport Blog have to say with a huge grain of Auckland Transport salt shall we?
When a dedicated and passionate lefty like Mike Lee who has fought for public transport longer than Transport Blog has been alive can be denigrated by Hipster arseholes like The Spinoff who back an ultra right neoliberal hawk like Bill fucking Ralston, you can see the full force of neoliberalisms 30 year hold on our country.
There has always been this quiet hope with Gen Xers (my generation who are cynical towards all authority) that Millennials would spark a revolution and join us on the front line towards a better society. The Spinoff and Transport Blog lay bare that hope. The first user pays generation wants change, not for the benefit of all, but for themselves.
Gen Xers will have to continue pushing against Boomer privilege AND Millennial FOMO if we want this City to be liveable for all Aucklanders, not just the hip and swanky.