Okay, so let’s first acknowledge the response from the Simon Wilson’s of this world on twitter if John Tamihere wins the election…
…we will need a suicide watch at The Spinoff.
So if John wins, why would that happen?
I’ve lived in Auckland for 40 years, 25 of those years in central Auckland, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt it’s never been a shittier time to live here.
The gridlock, the fucking gridlock, just kills me. I don’t even own a car, never have! I do what I’m supposed to do, I walk, I catch public transport or I ride share, and yet every day, every single fucking day I am stuck in gridlock.
While I’m stuck in gridlock, I see more and more friends and family who can’t afford to live in the city that they were born into.
Local Government doesn’t set the immigration levels, central Government does, yet central Government does sweet fuck all in actually funding the infrastructure needs of the city coping with that influx.
Phil can tell us all that he’s managed to wrestle $9b in infrastructure, but none of us are benefitting from that, we are just stuck in the fucking gridlock. It’s like Simon Wilson bitching about cycle lanes, or Russel Brown bitching about cycle lanes or David Slack bitching about cycle lanes. At some point you just don’t care about fucking cycle lanes, you just want to get to your fucking destination across town in less than 4 hours!
By the way, let’s just comment quickly on the joy of ‘Enhancing K Rd’
We all have to say how wonderful it is that K Rd is being dug up for some bullshit cycle lane thing, and how great it is to have K Rd dug up and what a joy it is to have K Rd dug up because if anyone DARE criticise it an enraged Russel Brown will declare a militant cycle Fatwa on you and demand you are cancelled by the woke.
So. Yay, my favourite street is shit.
2.7million tourists pour into Auckland via the airport every year, gridlocking the roads around the airport. Immigration draws in tens of thousands every year, gridlocking the city and those floating swine palaces, the cruise ships, block off the waterfront whenever they visit.
Do any of us think for one second that JT can save us from the gridlock, no, they don’t. But you know what they do know, they do know that the dirty filthy Wellington bureaucrat who engineers this gridlock will have to deal with John bloody Tamihere if he wins, and the anguish JT will bring to their lives makes my pain in gridlock a lot more easy to accept.
Vote Goff, get the same gridlock and the Wellington bureaucrats will get a cuddle, vote JT and get the same gridlock but know those Wellington bureaucrats will suffer every hour of his Mayoralty.
And that is why JT might become Auckland’s first Māori Mayor of Auckland. Rage at being stuck in gridlock every single fucking day. I think Phil’s team have horrifically miscalculated the anger of the average Aucklander dealing with the lack of infrastructure.
Trump and Brexit won by tapping into a deep resentment within the electorate, that resentment exists within Auckland and if JT wins, it will be because he understands that.
Here’s the Pub Politics debate from last night…