As I toured around the country hosting live electorate debates during the election, the question of roads would come up a lot and while I would point out the hypocrisy of National and ACT complaining about the current state of roading when it was in fact Key’s term in office that had cut the budgets that generated the current problems, I was always surprised the effective impact of National and ACT roading policy was a de facto privatisation of roads and that never got much coverage.
Congestion charges and Tolls are a means to privatise the roads so that only the wealthy can afford to drive on them.
Without massive investment in free public transport, putting in privatisation models that create a gated community user pays culture over roads the taxpayer has paid many times over for is a political crime against the poor!
Look at classist trash vomited up from Friday Pieday…
Opponents of the Mt Messenger bypass project in Taranaki have a new beef with Waka Kotahi – the cost of ‘Pieday Friday’ although the agency is disputing the cost.
They say the staff event – also known as “Whānau Friday” – could cost up to $500,000 over the life of the project.
But Waka Kotahi said it would cost about $50,000 and was good for morale.
The $280 million Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger Bypass is a new 6km route on State Highway 3 about 50km north of New Plymouth. Waka Kotahi says it will improve safety, be more resilient and save time.
But opponents are angry about the 30 hectares of bush being sacrificed for the project, saying the existing road should have been upgraded instead.
…backlash towards Friday Pieday is classist trash that speaks to the privilege of the critic.
The contempt those in $500 000 steel 4×4 tanks have towards those wearing orange in the blazing hot sun holding them up while urgent road works are hastily completed is what criticism of Pieday Friday vomits up.
Rich sneering fuckwits begrudging a worker a pie.
There is a class war happening in NZ right now to exclude the under class, the beneficiaries, the working poor, state house tenants, prisoners, exploited migrant workers, the disabled, drug addicts, workers, the 600 000 reliant on food banks each month, the 300 000 living in housing and energy poverty and renters, but thanks to middle class Wellington activists who have stolen all the political oxygen for their woke identity politics virtue signals, we don’t have the vocabulary to articulate class war.
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