Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, May 12th, 2018 - 62 comments
Categories: by-election, doofus of the week, elections, labour, national, paula bennett, phil twyford, Politics, public transport, same old national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, transport, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: dan bidois, jonathan coleman, northcote, northcote by election
There were two strong contenders this week.
One was Paula Bennett for her attack on Jacinda Ardern for trying to compile a Spotify list. Bennett claimed that the only thing she ever did when she was a Minister was work but there some who disagreed …
Ardern mixes her playlist for nz music month. When I was a minister I barely had time to listen to a song. I thought running the country was a full time job
— Paula Bennett (@paulabennettmp) May 9, 2018
I suspect that a Spotify list is something that she does not have. Or comprehend.
Toby Manhire had an exquisite response:
Others kicked in.
When I was Minister I barely had time for a song. I did however have time for a six week study break in the USA. https://t.co/0Qb97KxL48
— Te Reo Putake (@tereoputake) May 9, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Paula Bennett being owned so hard that you can see it from space. pic.twitter.com/rJLPfORKyc
— IFFP (@In_Increments) May 9, 2018
And Spotify and Neale Jones nailed it.
Paula Bennett owned by Spotify. This is everything. https://t.co/SnjIou0BKi
— Neale Jones (@nealejones) May 10, 2018
But there was someone in the political world whose performance was even worse than Paula’s. Dan Bidois who wants to become an MP gave this train crash of an interview to Simon Wilson of the Herald. Wilson was extremely naughty and reported a number of Bidois’s comments verbatim.
When asked about his thoughts he thought lots. But there was no coherent links between his various thoughtses.
For instance he thought that Teachers should be valued much more in society but he did now want to comment on how much they should be paid. He thought maybe there should be an Auckland allowance for teachers but did not commit to supporting nurses and police officers. And “good” teachers should be paid more than “bad teachers”.
His view on local issues was interesting. He seemed to say that Northcote’s T3 lane, which handles 70 per cent of peak-time commuters on Onewa Rd, was a good idea and riders do not get stuck in traffic. But Auckland Transport has ignored the feedback from residents.
Previously he has advocated for the T3 to become a T2 but he realises this would not solve congestion issues. He says that Northcote needs more parking. Maybe on those pesky T3 lanes.
In Danworld Buses are good but how are people meant to get to the bus if they can’t park. And there should be clearways even though there already are clearways.
He is a figher. He will fight for Northcote and bang on Phil Twyford’s door and achieve more than Coleman, who was a Minister in Government, managed to achieve.
On a rather contentious local issue, Skypath, he says he supports it but thinks there are better things to do with taxpayers’ money. He says that Skypath has to link to SeaPath even though that has already been agreed to.
He also complained that Skypath parking poses privacy issues. Yes that does not make any sense no matter how many times you read it. And he thinks that the people of Northcote are unanimously against Skypath even though surveys have suggested many locals are in favour.
He also thinks that the value of SkyPath is not as great as more roading projects, and public transport and more Park and Rides. But he does support it and it is a good initiative.
And he will always tell the truth …
I can’t figure out if he did not understand the issues or he was trying to talk out of both sides of his mouth at the same time or both. But if this is indicative of his quality then National is in trouble and Labour may cause an upset.
Time will tell …
But for now for maybe the first and only time in his political career Dan Bidois is the Standard’s Doofus of the week.