Not because it's a good idea (it isn't a good idea), but for a variety of apparently unrelated reasons:
- National, in spite of all the smiles and positive media messages, do not like Len Brown and will not forgive him for beating John Banks for the mayoralty.
- Labour, in a brief flash of political brilliance (probably by accident, given their recent performance) caught National flat footed on housing. Until Labour stuffed that up, too. However, National need to appear to be competent in this area and their message is clearly stated, not implausible and has a neat appeal to people's desires. Once again Labour are out-communicated.
- Some of the people who stand to benefit the most from relaxing the urban limit are also close friends of National MPs.
From the Herald:
And that clinches it for me - the statement above tells us more about Dr Smith's mind than it does about metropolitan urban limits and land supply. Remind me, why was he allowed off the back benches, again?
The Bats - Silverbeet, 199