The Labour Party have shown themselves yet again to be slow learners in their disparaging of Northland by confirming they are going to scrap the Puhoi to Wellsford Motorway extension (statement by Labour’s Finance Spokesman, David Parker, in Parliament on 15 August).
Their continuing labelling of the extension as the ‘Holiday Highway’ is a studied insult to all Northlanders when we know it is our ‘Economic Highway’ to the future. Clearly Labour hasn’t figured out that their promoting the scrapping during the election campaign contributed to the defeat of Kelvin Davis, one of their better performers, by the odious and no-hoper Hone Harawira and no matter too they have clearly decided the three Northland seats are unwinnable and they can afford to consign 158,000 Northlanders to the economic scrapheap in order to free up money to promote more brilliant initiatives like their ‘homeopathy for pet’ courses that featured last time they got their paws on the Treasury benches.
I guess we should sorry for whoever Labour selects as cannon fodder to contest The Northland and Whangarei seats. They will go into the fray with a huge millstone hanging round their necks. As for Te Tai Tokerau .... the only thing I ever agreed with Mike Moore about when (talking about elections) he said “the people are right even when they’re wrong”.