David Farrar, Kiwiblog, comments on statements made by Goff when he announced his bid for the top job at the weekend. Farrar’s comments are in red.
“We need to do more than just finish the motorway network. We need to get on with the city rail link to double passenger capacity and deal with congestion at Britomart. We need light rail on the isthmus, in the East and out to the airport,” he said.
So he plans even more spending than Len. And how would he fund it?
But as far as he was concerned funding for that infrastructure would not come from asset sales, as two independent reports released last week suggested.
So he won’t free up capital to reinvest in more capital. That means borrowing for it, which means rates to go up to pay the interest.
However funding for major infrastructure could not come from rates, and he believed Aucklanders would see a change of heart from central government.
This is almost dishonest. It is the same thing Len Brown did. Promise all this spending, but just assume that the Government will pay for it. And when they don’t, well bang rates go up 10% (on average – often much more).
“Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff’s political philosophy & policies will be no different to Len Brown’s and in fact probably even more expensive. In the past week we’ve learnt the Labour Party is in fact broke and that Phil Goff remains absolutely wedded to Labour’s failed position on any significant asset review. There’s 2 red lights right there.
“Phil Goff’s spin doctors are desperate to position him as financially prudent & someone who can work well with the National Government. Both are a big stretch.
“This is very much a case of ‘the same old red wine but in a new bottle’ as the same Len Brown political advisors & funders now work to get Goff elected to keep Auckland Council on the same political track.
“This is all just about replacing one Labour mayor with another Labour mayor and strengthening Labour’s stronghold at Auckland Council.
“If he is committing to all these transport projects and spending huge money to make Auckland better, all while keep rates & debt down, then show us the money.
Just when you thought nobody could be worse, Labour puts forward Len on steroids.
Disappointing start to Goff’s bid for Mayor
Digging deeper into ratepayers' pockets is not an option