Fran O’Sullivan understands why Labour wants to play with trains:
The problem is that this is really an election year move by the Labour-led Government to try and make ownership of state assets a campaign issue.
And what they should have done instead:
If the Government was truly serious about strengthening the role sustainable transport will play in a carbon-constrained future it would not have stymied plans for regional councils to apply local fuels taxes to fund projects like the $500 million proposal to electrify the Auckland suburban rail network.
As it is it has mopped up an out-of-date railway with taxpayers’ cash – but effectively put a blocker in the way of proposals that would get more people out of cars.
Not a very bright outcome really.
No, but playing politics rather than running the country isn’t.