Since the blogosphere discussion of transport is dominated by one passionate but mono-dimensional Transport Blog, transport specialist Liberty Scott has done the blog job of assessing political parties’ transport promises and policies. You know, for those who think these things are important in the last week of a campaign.
Scott asses them on five criteria:
- do they know what they’re talking about?;
- do they reduce barriers to entry for new competitors?;
- do users pay or will they be heavily subsidised?;
- do their proposals make economic sense?; and,
- other stuff.
Marking the parties out of 25, and excluding joke parties like Maori, Conservative, and Dunne Nothing who dont have any policy) they rank from lowest to highest:
- InternetMana: 3/25
- Social Credit (yes, they still exist): 6/25
- Greens: 7/25 (yes, there are two parties with worse transport policies than the Ginger Whinger’s)
- Labour: 7/25 (almost three!)
- NZ First: 8/25 (big on trains but, sadly, doesn’t include reintroducing smoking carriages)
- National: (a surprising) 16/25
- New ACT: 18/25 (could do better)
Head to Scott’s blog for his analysis: ‘Comparing parties' transport policies (in progress)’