Lyle Lanley to build Auckland's rail link?
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 8:07a.m.
By Dan Satherley
Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee in Parliament yesterday compared Auckland's plan for a city rail link to the infamous monorail episode of The Simpsons.
In response to questions from Labour MP Phil Twyford on the impact of the city's growing traffic woes, at first Mr Brownlee disputed the economic benefits of the proposed rail link, and questioned the impact it would have on congestion.
But towards the end of his answer, Mr Brownlee slipped in a reference to the classic Simpsons episode Marge vs the Monorail.
"I would consider hiring Lyle Lanley and associates to do a scoping study for us on the city rail link," he said.
"I know that they've done some very good work on some of the projects in Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook, and if they think this stacks up, we'll give it some consideration further."
In the Simpsons episode Lanley is revealed to be a conman, building a cheap and nasty monorail which begins to fall apart on its maiden trip.
Mr Brownlee's quip appeared to go completely over the heads of other MPs in Parliament. When Marge visits North Haverbrook, she finds the town in a state of decay, and the residents deny ever having a monorail, despite the town being covered in advertisements for it.
Marge vs the Monorail first aired in 1993, and was penned by talk show host and comedian Conan O'Brien. It is often cited as one of the long-running series' greatest episodes.
Skip forward to 3:25 in the video below to hear Mr Brownlee's joke.
Post a Comment
Before commenting, please take the time to read our moderation guide
(Won't be published)
26/12/2012 8:05:03 p.m.
That episode of the Simpsons wasn't infamous.
30/11/2012 10:01:40 a.m.
Considering his performance over the Christchurch earthquake and the number of apologies he had to make I believe Gerry Brownlee comes in a poor second to Lyle Lanley. They're both dishonest but Gerry Brownlee is just better at covering up his "mistakes." The other big difference between the two is Brownlee is elected while Lanley is a free-lance crook.
Viewers overwhelming voted yes to decriminalising soft drugs during TV3's nation...
A petition boasting more than 37,000 signatures against the use of animal testin...
A report by New Zealand's police watchdog into the Urewera terror raids has foun...
Calls are growing for the Auckland Council to rethink its plans for more intensi...
A Work and Income employee has emailed the private details of 34 beneficiaries t...
Copyright © 2013 MediaWorks TV. All Rights Reserved.