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8:06 am, April 14th, 2020 - 65 comments
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Siri please show me the dumbest right wing take from the past few days.
Despite the bedlam that is happening in the US and in the UK the winner is a local entry, Simon O’Connor complaining about Julie Anne Genter announcing a relatively modest fund for local government to use to temporarily convert unused local roads into walkways and cycleways.
The upside is clear. Greater social distancing and greater safety. And who knows but some of these could become permanent which would be a good thing. Auckland Council’s timid steps taken in relation to High Street shows what can occur when you design a street for humans rather than cars. The picture above is of High Street.
Simon’s hot take? It is a socialist progressive left plan to push public transport ideology.
Wow, hear that brothers and sisters? Not only was it a fiendish plot by socialists for world domination but also by the progressive left, who by definition are not socialists but are progressives and left thinkers, to um, push public transport ideology. Making it easier for us to walk and cycle will cram us onto trains and buses because … wait a minute.
In Simon’s world it clearly is a slippery slope. One day you are wanting to make your street more pedestrian friendly, the next day you are manning the barricades trying to tear down the capitalist system from the inside.
Poor National. Its MPs have been rendered irrelevant because of current circumstances. So they have to attract attention somehow.
I suspect Simon’s technique, publicly making an idiot of oneself, is not one that Crosby Textor would approve.