Mike Baird was a serious threat to the poor image of politicians.
Most people who brought him into conversation would say “that nice Mike Baird’’ and continue on to say how unlike the rest of the politicians he was.
But in a single stroke the premier of NSW has shown us his true colours.
In announcing the spending of one billion dollars on stadiums Sydney doesn’t need, Mike Baird can join the ranks of the typical dunderhead politicians.
Which is to say most of them and which means the ranks of those who still believe in just doing what’s right and no more and no less is not as numerous as it once was.
Let’s go through the so called stadia policy one by one:
A new football stadium seating 50,000 to 55,000 in Moore Park costing hundreds of millions of dollars.
That’s right, right next to what we used to call the Sydney Football Stadium, which seats nearly 50,000 and was only opened in the Bicentennial year of 1988.
There’s nothing wrong with it and there’s no need for a new one, especially in an area so congested when there’s footy being played and right next door at the SCG the Swans are also playing that foreign game from south of the NSW border.
Yes, that’s real logical Mike, spend hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money on another footy stadium when we already have a perfectly good one right next door.
I wonder how many fire engines we could buy with all that money and how many more doctors and nurses we could employ in our hospitals. Or how many roads we could build, railway tracks, maybe spare a few bob on the homeless of Sydney or regional areas doing it tough.
But wait, there’s more.
Nice Mr Baird wants to commit the same atrocity out at Parramatta, where there is a perfectly good stadium, also built in the 1980s.
There’s also talk of millions on a retractable roof at the Olympic Stadium in Homebush and vague talk of a new outer western Sydney stadium.
Nice Mike, do you realise that this is the only really needed stadium – either in Liverpool or Campbelltown, who’ve been ignored for ever and a day when it comes to such facilities.
Everything goes to the western line towns: Parramatta, Blacktown and Penrith.
Why I don’t know, maybe it’s the only line politicians know. Where is that south west again? Is it the Sutherland Shire, maybe.
If it’s not too late, Mike Baird can save his “nice’’ tag by reversing this stupid decision.
Will he or won’t he?