The green bandwagon
We're getting to the pointy end of the election campaign, so the candidates are out in force in Wellington now. We've had the Maori Party bus outside Midland Park for a couple of days now, and I must say that waiata at lunchtime are a nice change from a load of pants at Vic and bomb threats and other bollocks in Tauranga. Today's gimmick was this Green Party train tootling around the CBD.
I've tried not to be too political in this blog, though with my interest in sustainable urbanism (not to mention my colour scheme) it's not hard to tell where my sympathies lie. I was impressed by the Greens' Ride the Wind package for Wellington, since it contains real, concrete, functional solutions rather than just feel-good waffle: a true example of thinking global and acting local.
Anyway, I hope that the motive force for this little train was electric! I'm not sure that Thomas the Tank Engine is the best way to promote public transport as modern and forward looking, but I guess they want a friendly, positive image rather than a dour "shame on you, V8 drivers" message. I watched it go north along Lambton Quay, wondering whether they'd be cheeky enough to use the green bus lane, but no, they were well-behaved road users and kept out of it. I doubt that the bloke in a ute stuck behind them was too impressed, though.
Update: a slight correction - it's actually Henry the Green Engine, not Thomas. Also, frogblog have added a link to this post.