The Morning Report Supercity debate [audio - it goes on a bit] was not quite as bad as I had expected. I had expected it to be something like a re-run of the Fifties celebrity panel game What's my personality disorder? But it seems the candidates had a period of meditation before the show, or perhaps it was just a little too early in the morning. Instead of fighting, they entertained us with their unrealistic visions for Auckland's public transport. Since none of these involved airships, submarines or hovercraft, I quickly lost interest.
The tragedy of the supercity mayoral race is that the smartest man in the room - Mike Lee - left the room. I know he goes on a bit - I once left a welcoming speech he was giving at a Labour Party conference in Takapuna, walked the length of Hurstmere Road and back, returned to the Bruce Mason Centre and found he was still talking. But still, he has the smarts. He also runs a Regional Council which might easily have taken on the responsibilities of the super city without the need for creating the mess we are in now. Just think: we need not have had that silly Royal Commission, all that fuss about that idiotic plan to create iwi aldermen, all those boards and wards, Rodney Hide's violence to said boards and wards, the creation of corporate fiefdoms and the state of unpreparedness we now are in. We could have had the ARC, loaded.
Perhaps we might have gotten a monorail as well.