There are times when, as a politician, you have to say no. I have had that reinforced on the campaign trail this week. Everybody wants something; most of the things wanted have some merit. There is never enough money to say yes to everyone and everything.
It is hard to say no clearly, firmly and finally. This was nowhere better illustrated than by a question about light rail at the Tuesday night meeting of Mt Victoria and Mt Cook residents.
Personally I am not sold on light rail, but I am dead against it either. I want to see the feasibility study to see how the cost stacks up relative to buses, what routes it would be suitable for, how it might be paid for, and by whom.