More Nat infighting

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, June 19th, 2015 - 24 comments
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Interesting. The Nats would usually prefer to handle this sort of conflict behind behind closed doors:

MP attacks own minister over transport spat

Maurice Williamson has attacked his own minister over a transport spat he compared to a “nuclear explosion”.

The Pakuranga MP told Transport Minister Simon Bridges his constituents were livid about setbacks to the AMETI (Auckland Manukau Transport Initiative) projects.

He said the New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport had a “dysfunctional” relationship where “one hand doesn’t seem to know what the other is doing.”

Strong words from Williamson. Looks like discipline is breaking down in the National party.

24 comments on “More Nat infighting”

  1. Maurice is doing a great job keeping the coming coup on the boil. It’s going to be a fun couple of years as the Key government surrenders to terminal third-termitis.

  2. Tracey 2

    Williamson doesn’t like it when he is treated the way he has treated others, and how his former cabinet colleagues treat people… wah wah wah

  3. Capn Insano 3

    Hmm, I rather fancy seeing a spectacular implosion of mutually-assured destruction for National that kicks them into the political wilds for couple of decades at least. That could be a brighter future.

  4. Puckish Rogue 4

    Sounds like the beginning of a tilt at the mayoralty of Auckland to me

  5. Anne 5

    They’re much smarter than Labour when it comes to keeping the lid on internal disputes but when it finally does come off, there will be one hell of an explosion. Anyone else noticed how drawn and tired Key has been looking at his Monday media conferences lately?

  6. Sacha 6

    While other cities around the world are removing 1960s flyovers, our tired old pollies want more of them.

    Auckland Transport staff are correct to prefer investing in public transit infrastructure in that location first instead. Only politicking by the right-wing political loonies of Howickville and their colleagues across the region stands in the way. And we will witness more loud tossing of toys as the mayoral election looms.

    • T Chris 6.1

      I’m guessing it should be sorted once leg-over Len is ditched

    • aerobubble 6.2

      Auckland, like any community, moves when they realise they are going to be left behind.

      Build a city south of the airport, public transport built into the very layout, ready to build when growth occurs.

      Foot dragging Auckland can jump aboard or not,but you can be assured five story buildings etc aren’t going to be a problem in s.Auckland.

  7. Michael 7

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. I do wish the Labour caucus was ready to be an alternative government, though. Sadly, that’s still a long way off.

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 7.1

      Anything would be better than the current Nats. Even at their worst Labour would be infinitely better and remember Labour would be held to account by both the members and the MSM which would be much harder on them than on the Nats.

    • Tracey 7.2

      that meme is getting tired…

      collins doesn’t understand COI or integrity/privacy of info
      bennett doesn’t understand integrity of privacy
      smith – bushfire after bushfire and doesn’t under stand COI
      Tolley
      Williamson
      Woodhouse
      Bridges
      Key no integrity

      it’s an excuse to say there is no better alternative, and excuse to accept low standard behaviour under the delusion that individual voters think they are better off personally

  8. heather 8

    Key looks bored, uninterested, indifferent ,rude, exhausted and if he just wants to get out before the trouble really starts.

    • Michael 8.1

      A few trips on Broomstick One will restore his vigor: Honest John loves the world cocktail circuit, sucking up to all the big boys and girls. It’s hard to imagine him giving that up willingly, no matter how much he hates dealing with surly, ignorant proles back home (the ones who fill his paypacket).

  9. Well, if they can’t get their act together and start speaking as a single unit, I don’t think their solutions that they present us from now on are really going to be taken very seriously, do you? Good luck to them if they want to continue with this charade any longer!

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