National are running about promising this that and the other. No costing on how they are going to pay for it all of course, that level of transparency is only expected of Labour.
For anyone who actually believes that the Nats will deliver on all these promises, have I got a deal for you! I can sell you 10 new bridges in Northland! They’re cheap – real cheap – because they don’t even exist!
Three of the 10 bridges promised by the National Party two years ago shouldn’t or can’t be built and there are no firm plans for three others, NZ Transport Agency documents show.
Six down, four to go.
Of the bridges where work is soon to begin, there has been a symbolic “sod turning” ceremony at Matakohe which is due to receive resource consent. NZTA is building two bridges and straightening out the road with work expected to begin next month and end in 2019. Construction of the bridge on SH10 at Taipa was also expected to start later this year.
This was typical Nat policy on the hoof – poorly costed, poorly thought out, no consultation. Two years later all that Northland has to show for it is some symbolically turned sod. Excellent.
The current crop of panicked election bribes are just as believable.