John Key glibly admitted yesterday that the Supercity is “risky”. We’ve been saying it all along and the evidence is all that the Supercity will be expensive, unrepresentative, and unresponsive to local needs. So, if it’s so risky, why the hell is Key doing it?
Where is the promise of benefit to outweigh the costs (which Rodney Hide once said will be minuscule and are now in the hundreds of millions of dollars)? Like Zetetic asked yesterday: ‘where’s their evidence?’
Where is the Nats and Act’s evidence that the Supercity will improve the lives of the people of Auckland? We’ve had all kinds of spurious, vague promises but where’s the evidence to back them up?
I think those promises of growth and better transport are reliable as Hide’s promises that the change over would be cheap.
And if Key is now admitting that forming the Supercity is a risk we have to ask a) why the rush and b) why didn’t Aucklanders get to decide whether it was a risk they wanted to take.
You’ll recall that Key and Hide took the 800 page Royal Commission Report on Auckland, tore most of it up and produced a lightweight, vague document in a matter of weeks with no research behind it and no detail to follow. Then, they passed legislation under Extraordinary Urgency that denied Aucklanders the right that everyone has under the Local Government Act to a referendum when council mergers are proposed.
The Supercity is a huge risk, a potential disaster. Aucklanders deserved to be able to make an informed choice on whether to take it. Instead, our money trader, our middle management banker turned PM, decided he would take the gamble. And, just like in money trading, it’s the ordinary people, not Key and his mates who will pay if he has bet wrong.
There is, however, one choice he didn’t take away from the people of Auckland (as he did from the people of Canterbury). Aucklanders will still get to choose who governs the Supercity that has been imposed on them.