John Key has already stepped in to deflate Goff’s tyres according to Rudman.
Poor Phil Goff. He's hardly jumped into his new planet-friendly Nissan Leaf mayoral limousine for a honeymoon whirl around his new city, when old foe John Key punctures the front tyres.
The Prime Minister rubbishes the new Auckland Mayor's promise of a regional fuel tax to pay for new transport infrastructure, and a 15 per cent tax on foreigners buying existing houses.
Of course, as an old parliamentary veteran, this will have come as no surprise to Goff. He well knows that a mayor - even one representing a Super City containing a third of the nation's population - is lower in the political pecking order than a prime minister.
The future of Auckland for the foreseeable future is laid bare with the purchase of that electric car. Mark my words, we, the ratepayers, will soon all be subsidising electric cars for all Council employees with ratepayer funded battery charging stations so they don’t even have to pay the full cost of their fuel bills. The elite political class will further isolate and insulate themselves from those who pay for their ‘virtue signalling’ lifestyles by creating city centres in their own image. Once again Queen Street is dying.
There will be much beating of breasts as Goff proclaims it’s not his fault he must raise rates by far more than his promised 2.5%. He will blame the outgoing failed mayor Len Brown for ‘tying his hands behind his back’: he will blame the government ‘for not coming to the party’. In the end it is all so predictably Labour/Green.