In an astonishing display of not learning anything much from the Mount Albert by-election the Prime Minsiter chose a new minister today; not the sacrificial Melissa Lee, but untainted Nathan Guy, who responded by immediately pledging his support for an horrendously expensive and disruptive motorway.
Transmission Gully, the pet project of parochialists like Peter Dunne, has been sold to Wellingtonians (for roughly $1 billion!) on the basis that it’s a better option than massive roading redevelopment to the coastal highway. That’s alway struck me a pretty poor choice – we haven’t been present with the cleaner, greener and probably cheaper public transport alternative to link the coast to the capital – just two roads that might or might not create more congestion.
So let’s hope our new associate transport minister will be more open to the options than his first day indicates.