Train Trips 1 Photo Ops 1

January 30th, 2011 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald on Sunday has discovered that has taken the train to work only once since becoming Mayor – the day he invited the media to come along and see him on the train, where he promised he would “start taking the train to work on a regular basis as part of his commitment to ”.

It reminds me of something Maurice Williamson has often pointed out – that many of the noisiest advocates for public transport never use it themselves. They just think everyone should be forced to. I recall the Wellington Green MP who didn’t even have a Snapper card, which all regular bus users have.

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13 Responses to “Train Trips 1 Photo Ops 1”

  1. Inventory2 (10,092 comments) says:

    DPF – surely you’re not suggesting that Len Brown subscribes to a “do as I say; not as I do” philosphy.

    Maybe it’s just that he can’t buy his train tickets on the council credit card …

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  2. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Well what a surprise and would I be to bold to assume that this lefty twit expected the ratepayers to pay for his ticket. God you have to love the left, they’re so full of it.

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  3. jcuknz (704 comments) says:

    Perhaps that Green MP didn’t use public transport because they commuted on a skateboard? :-)
    I think it is just an example of the pragmatics of public office and living in a city without a proper public transport system.

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  4. nasska (10,622 comments) says:

    It’s probably because he realises that he would never again arrive at the Mayoral Offices on time. Still he could use the wasted hours of waiting everyone else who uses public transport spends to think up some of the 45 things he has to accomplish in the next few days.

    You’ve got to love Jafas – when it comes to mayors they can sure pick them.

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  5. Lance (2,439 comments) says:

    @nasska
    Do you know any majors that aren’t complete tossers?

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  6. Michael (894 comments) says:

    Sue Kedgley once told an audience at a 1999 candidates meeting that public transport is the best way to get around, and I promptly heckled “So why did you drive to the meeting?”. Good times…

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  7. Lance (2,439 comments) says:

    Bugger
    I just noticed I spelt mayors using majors… doh.

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  8. jarbury (464 comments) says:

    As a noisy PT advocate myself, I catch the bus every day to work.

    I hope Len Brown does use the train more often.

    [DPF: I walk to work but use buses several times a week to get to or from meetings]

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  9. Grizz (500 comments) says:

    Sue Kedgley does not need to worry about public transport. From what I here she had no trouble getting around!

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  10. Paulus (2,493 comments) says:

    His car, and operating expences, is provided as part of his job.

    To travel by train he has to pay money (or put it on a credit card).

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  11. nasska (10,622 comments) says:

    Lance @ 12.13pm

    Good point. You’ve got me thinking. I reckon our local leader spends a fair bit of time waxing the dolphin but I always thought it was part of his natural charm.

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  12. andretti (127 comments) says:

    A couple of years back I went to a General Managers conference,they had some bozo telling us that we should not be using up carbon by having a conference where we all attend.We should instead have a tele conference and save the planet.When I stood up and asked him why he flew down from Auckland instead of a tele conference with us he went 14 shades of red!.

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  13. rouppe (914 comments) says:

    Just before the last election I had several email exchanges with Jeanette Fitzsimons about just how Green she was. She was banging on about all the cars commuting and how there was perfectly good public transport. The ETS was going to fix all that etc.

    I started out with exhorting her to stop with the ETS and concentrate on the filth entering our rivers and lakes, and how that would produce measurable results within an election cycle but no, commuters were bad, all those horrible SUV’s…

    So I asked her how she got from Wellington to the Coramandel. Turns out she flies. I mentioned that there was a perfectly good bus or train to Auckland that she could use instead of flying. I gave her an out and said I’d do the same, in order to maximise my time with my family.

    However that, I said, is what all those other commuters are doing. I told her how I commute by motorbike and it takes 25 minutes door to door. Then I told her when I took a car it was about 45 minutes door to door (notwithstanding accidents etc). Then I told her I tried the train for a month and that it takes over an hour door to door and that I’d rather have that extra hour a day with my family which was why I decided on the motorbike.

    She then told me how she ‘chose’ to live in a house walking distance from her work. I asked her was she really suggesting that everyone could afford a lifestyle block in the country and also a “work house” in town when in fact she wasn’t paying for that second house herself anyway.

    The conversation kinda went south from there but it showed me that at that time the Green’s just didn’t get it.

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