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9:08 am, September 16th, 2019 - 26 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, elections, john tamihere, phil goff, public transport, supercity, transport - Tags: craig lord, monorail
As you may be aware in Auckland right now we have a local government election campaign.
The most difficult job in New Zealand politics, the Auckland Mayoralty, is being contested fiercely. The leading contenders are Phil Goff and John Tamihere. There are another 19 lesser lights who are also competing for the top job.
It seemed that until recently it would be a two horse race. But one of the other candidates has recently announced a new policy, one that audacious, that intrepid, that daring, that outrageous, that the mayoral campaign may be turned on its head.
The candidate is Craig Lord who up to now has marked his campaign by not having any policy, apart from beating up on public servants, burning rubbish and having multi story park and ride buildings.
And his policy is …
wait for it …
get ready …
Here is what he is proposing:
Mayoral Candidate Craig Lord would like Council and Central Government to “get with the program” and look at the most logical solution to Auckland City’s public transport system – High speed Monorail.
From research done so far, Lord has found that Monorail is the only fast transport system around the world that is financially self-sustaining, and has considerable bonuses over any other form of mass transportation.
“I’m still doing the full research and there’s a lot to do, but firstly there are no rail crossings. The benefit of that goes without saying. Then there is the super advantage of being able to build it pretty much anywhere because it’s just poles. This solves the major issue of construction across the unique Auckland geography.”
The Standard has secured an advanced copy of his campaign video:
But in what could be a strategically bad move Lord is backing away from the idea.
MSM fail again. @NewshubNZ “reporter” *cough Dan Satherley is gleefully writing how I’ve promised Monorail. He clearly can’t read. I stated that if the public wants it I’ll get to work to sort routes and costs. But why let facts ruin things.— Craig Lord 4 Auckland Mayor (@CraigLord2019) September 15, 2019
Lord has a deeply thought through ascension plan. The first thing he would do if elected would be to find out where the offices are, and the second would be to find out what time he could get a coffee. Such deep commitment to the city is refreshing.
Time will tell whether his audacious plan succeeds. Who knows, we could have Craig Lord Mayor of Auckland …