If only we didn’t live in a democracy

Julie Ann Genter with Gerry Brownlee

Every once in a while the Marxists who call themselves the Greens let something slip out unintentionally. Our bicycling Associate Minster of Transport is busily peddling her scheme of ‘building up’ to slower speeds for us all and let slip that democracy is a hindrance to her plans.

I want to see this happen as soon as possible but we live in a democracy so there are certain approaches we have to take.

Julie Anne Genter 3 January 2019

What an absolute inconvenience having to live in a democracy! Obviously for Julie-Anne Genter it would be better if we didn?t have to live in a democracy as then she could push her socialist agenda on us all without our consent. (Sort of like Winston and and the UN migration deal – but I digress.)

Back to Genter and her statements in A Newspaper: Quote.

It will be “many decades” before New Zealand sees a substantial change in the road toll, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. […]

Genter said the Government was in the process of implementing its road safety strategy ? a strategy she said would save lives.

But this would take time, she said.

“The reality is these things take time and [there’s] a huge amount of road upgrades that need to be completed.” End quote.

But we pulled the plug on anything and everything thing that National had planned in the way of new, safer, roads because we hate cars with a passion. Quote.

In December last year, the Government committed $1.4 billion to making roads safer.

The policy, called the Safe Network Programme, aims to make 870km of high volume, high-risk State Highways safer by 2021 with improvements like median and side barriers, rumble strips, and shoulder widening.

That policy strategy will be in place in 2020, but Genter said it would be a process of “many decades to substantially bring down deaths and serious injuries on our roads”.

“We’re talking about road deaths and serious injury having increased over a five year period. It took time for that to start happening, it’s going to take time for it to turn around as well.” End quote.

Oh, here was me thinking that it was just “nine years of neglect” that caused it. Quote.

In terms of how long it would take to bring the road toll back down, Genter said the Government would be working on setting those targets.

“The targets haven’t been set exactly, but we’re making the improvements to the roads and we’re building up safer speeds. I want to see this happen as soon as possible but we live in a democracy so there are certain approaches we have to take.

“But the quicker we can roll out safer speeds, the sooner we will see a reduction in deaths and serious injuries.” End quote.

Get ready now for 80kph open road speeds across great swathes of the country. Who cares that time is money and intercity journey times will increase by 25%? Who cares that the price of everything carried by a truck will go up (and that is just about everything in New Zealand). More unintended consequences. Quote.

Genter said the Government was moving as fast as it could, but she said it was important it got people on board with its strategy.

“It would be great if we didn’t have to have a debate about whether speed is the appropriate way to save lives because we know it is. It reduces deaths and serious injuries having more appropriate speeds.” […] End quote.

Ahh, the science is settled, once more.