More quality quotes from the civil service

As if they were inspired by yesterday’s post – some civil servants from Housing New Zealand dropped this train of thought:

The submission said listing housing projects as nationally significant would help prevent the delays and extra costs caused by objections from neighbours – “a situation commonly referred to as NIMBY [not in my backyard] opposition”.

So the government should be able to force projects through without regards to the impacts on individuals they aren’t interested in – doesn’t sound like social welfare maximising policy to me.

At least National came out and said this was a bridge too far. Seriously though – where the hell do some of these people get off talking like this. Do they not listen to what they say …