Melissing In Action

Well, hasn’t it been a great week for National’s Mt Albert candidate Melissa Lee!

First, the dodgy election video from last year’s general election campaign, and now the “motorway would keep South Auckland criminals out” comments.

Aside from the outrageous prejudice exhibited against South Aucklanders in those comments, I’ve been pondering the logic behind them all morning. And I think I’ve finally got it.

Last year Keith Locke gave me a copy of a letter from Bryan Jackson, Acting Chair of Transit NZ (now NZTA). Jackson states in that letter:

The forecasts of unconstrained growth in Auckland suggest the Waterview Connection will be at near capacity in 2015.

What that means, in effect, is that it will be fully congested as soon as it opens. So I guess that’s how Melissa reasons the Waterview Connection will keep South Auckland’s criminals out of Mount Albert – they’ll be so discouraged by the traffic jams resulting from it that they’ll find somewhere else to burgle.

Clever Melissa! Wonder what she can stuff up tomorrow.