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Written By: - Date published: 5:38 pm, March 24th, 2009 - 22 comments
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Prime Minister John Key has promised a national cycleway to solve the country’s economic woes. I intend to keep you informed of exactly how the cycleway is progressing. Yes, never fear, Eddie will dig out all the dirty details: how far the cycleway’s progressed, how many jobs it’s created, and how much it’s cost.

This cycleway is the answer to our economic woes and all Kiwis need to know the ins and outs. So I’m committed to keeping you informed on a fortnightly basis.

It would be 3000km to build a cycleway the whole length of New Zealand but there are already some tracks to link up and looks like they’re going to miss other bits. Let’s be generous and call the target 1500km. For fairness sake I don’t think we should start the time count from the date of job summit. I mean, Mr Key hadn’t even worked out the details yet. So let’s start the count now!

Time: 1 day

Jobs created: 0

Built (km): 0 out of 1500

Cost thus far: $0

Govt estimated cost: $50m

Country status: In recession

22 comments on “CycleWatch ”

  1. Tane 1

    Is that a nine day fortnight or a standard one? It’s all so confusing these days.

  2. Quoth the Raven 2

    Standard posters we need a thread on this: Hypocrisy.
    Then we can watch the Nasty supporters squirm.

    • Tane 2.1

      Write us up a guest post.

    • Rex Widerstrom 2.2

      Well I’m not a Nasty supporter (nor, I hope, a nasty supporter) but I’d imagine the rebuttal might run something like “And did the Auditor General criticise the retrospective validations in the present Bill? No? Then your argument only holds water if you accept the contention that the AG’s ruling in relation to election expenditure was ‘nonsensical’.”

      Only I guess they’d find a way to say it in a much more insulting and slightly less rational way 😀

    • Felix 2.3

      Did someone say retrospective?

      Such a pity this has come up while burt is banned.

  3. Chris G 3

    Taking bets that estimated costs atleast triples.

    Think of all the land they have to plow through to make this thing?

  4. Lets be honest here – the Cycleway was a crap idea to begin with that won’t do anything to solve our economic woes. Normally ideas like that are just that, ideas, but they’re the kind of ideas that are quickly forgotten and discarded because they are just plain stupid. However when you’ve got a Prime Minister who’s gone and held an expensive talkfest in a time of economic woe you have to make it at least look like it counted for something.

    Probably even more pathetic are the Nats saying the bike lane is a good idea, the very same people who are more likely to be on the couch eating a bag of potato chips then out doing a bit of exercise. Their support seems hardly genuine and feels more like a teacher trying to make a student they know is retarded feel better after scoring 10/100 on a spelling test.

  5. George Darroch 5

    Can you imagine the screaming if Labour (or heaven forbid, the Greens) was proposing that we cycle our way out of recession?

    I’m giving up on politics, I think. Too much to do in the real world – which is about organising outside of the circus.

    • r0b 5.1

      I understand the sentiment, but I hope you don’t give up. If all the good people get driven out of politics, then the people that are left…

  6. Monty 6

    get a life – your obsession is pathetic.

    • So caring about what your government does during times of economic hardship is an obsession?

    • QoT 6.2

      Damn straight. What we need in this country is fewer people worrying about what our leaders are actually doing, or whether they’re actually following up on the things they say. Why, a medium which focuses on issues actually bothering to follow things up? Not in my New Zealand, what what.

    • r0b 6.3

      wrong thread, deleted

    • Matthew Pilott 6.4

      Monty, your desperation is showing. Why don’t you do what all the other righties do, and keep clear of the threads that mock the mockery that is the cycleway. We can have our fun, and you can just pretend it’s not happening. It’s kinda sad to see you reduced to this.

  7. aj 7

    You should also count the number of jobs lost from the public sector.

    • Akldnut 7.1

      Yep – My daughters job & 6 others at ACC have already gone from the call center and they were alredy overworked. They were employed 4 months ago and told that they would be the first to go if and when the “The Slash Gang” wanted to reduce numbers.

      • r0b 7.1.1

        Sorry to hear it Alkdnut. Good luck to her and others finding new work.

      • Ianmac 7.1.2

        Thats a bit tough. I wonder why and who decided that the call centre ACC should drop 6? Does this mean that the number of Accidents has fallen drastically?

  8. BLiP 8

    Ssssup with youse, didn’t you get the memo? Apparently Key has made an error – he was too enthusiastic!

    Plus, there must be some costs already incurred as Key has had some of his officials drawing up plans. Anyone care to guestimate how much has already been spent on this folly? Anyone care to guestimate how much we’ll actually be told about?

  9. Snail 9

    I havna read the NZH and rely entirely upon your humor..

    but I’d have to say, Eddie, how that 50 percent cut on potential performance leaves the get-out-o-jail-free of aint no counterparty gunna take this bet..

    whereas – blessim – a friend called around to say hey what’s wrong with a four inch brush and ten thousand liters of white road paint.. yeah we know it means one helluvah sore wrist and grips but persistence would pay off…

    oh look buddy – (someone at my ear) sprogging about thinner autos and buses, trucks and such..

    keep us up with this thing..

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