Monday, July 13, 2009

An even bigger joke

So, it turns out that John Key's $50 million1 monument to his own ego is an even bigger joke than first suggested, with plans not just for a cycleway from one end of the country to the other, but a race as well:

The Government had originally hoped a race the length of the country, named after Sir Edmund Hillary, could have been held on a new cycleway.


Initial plans were even more ambitious, with One News reporting a race like the Tour de France had been planned and was to be named the Sir Edmund Hillary Explorator.

And this is how National planned to solve the recession and keep kiwis in work: dreams and managementspeak. And next, they'll be building a giant fibreglass vegetable. It's the same small-town cargo-cult mentality: "if we build it (whatever 'it' is), they (whoever the hell 'they' are) will come". Can we have the adults in charge again please?

1 Some accessories sold separately. Cycleway may be smaller than it appears.