In an example of how a politician should run a campaign, I've just heard National's Welington Central candidate Mark Blumsky saying on ZB that the dumping of the Street Race has ensured that the RMA is now in his campaign sights -- and so it should be! Great! Should be a good campaign seeing that sitting MP, Boo Boo, is the Minister for the RMA and she's generally happy that it's effectively nationalised New Zealanders' land and made us the 'can't do' country Kerry Prendergast talked about last week.
As I've said before, the Wellington Central fight should become a battle over the RMA; it's just a pity that National themselves have nothing to offer on the issue. The 'substantial changes' promised by Nick Smith are neither substantial, nor a real change, and will in no way fix the problem that property rights are not even mentioned in the RMA.
"The Resource Management Act is undoubtedly a far-sighted piece of environmental legislation," gush National's Blue-Greens here. National's Blue-Greens are the people who will write National's 'substantial changes.' See the problem? Check out just how substantial these changes won't be here (they're no longer up on National's own site).
So Mark Blumsky has a problem.