Think about the actual dynamics of this cycle bridge.
Commuters on the Harbor Bridge for the next 5 years watching this billion dollar glorified cycle lane grow ever slowly while they are stuck in traffic.
People will start yelling at the bridge as they drive by it. Aucklanders throwing garbage at it as they drive past will become as ubiquitous as Wellingtonians honking their horn through the tunnel.
This cycle bridge is a performance art piece called ‘helping National win the next election’.
Does anyone actually believe Labour will build this in 5 years? We all know they can’t build one house in a room full of lego!
This will drag on and on and on.
It will become the new monument to Phil Goff’s dreaded ‘progress’ where infrastructure dooms viable use of public space for years and we all have to pretend it’s great.
Don’t get me wrong, as a Gold Star Public Transport User who has never driven a car, I support any infrastructure that pisses off car drivers.
One of the true joys in Auckland is doing the fingers to cars stuck in traffic as you whizz past them in the bus lane.
All that said, announcing a billion dollar bike bridge because militant middle class pakeha cyclists demand it is going go down like a cup of cold sick with voters who already despise Labour and who live in places where basic roading is the issue and not peddle powered self actualization.
That’s why the middle class ev car welfare testosterone tax is such smart politics.
Labour’s power electorate are the 45+ women vote who had been charmed by Key and voted National in 2017 but voted with genuine Covid response respect for Jacinda in 2020.
That electorate of 45+ women will absolutely buy an electric car and will continue to support Labour because it’s middle class welfare. The testosterone tax on Ute’s will hit men who don’t vote Labour so fuck them.
This is clever politics by Labour, it boosts and maintains the electorate whose seismic shift has given them a majority while hitting the electorate who don’t vote for them hardest.
If Labour maintains support with the 45+ female electorate, Jacinda can win the next 2 elections.
It will feed the polarization of the Right but that’s a fight between National and ACT for 2023.
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