Hardly helpful Bill, given the nutty display of the three main contenders in recent years/months. Each has the stability of a Russian Tzar. Lucky old Auckland, pity about the rest of the country though.
Non-nuts may be thinking hard about the risk involved in trying to lead the first incarnation of the supercity.
There’s still a week or two to go before nominations close, either buy a lotto ticket or hope there is some outstanding candidate just waiting just biding their time while the three stooges keep defeating themselves. A late strong candidate would make a major impact. It would be like an eagle landing atop a tree full of monkeys.
Message to Bill, us Aucklanders will make our own spending decisions thanks very much and you lot south of the Bombays will foot the bill
Us Aucklanders never need to worry about overspending ever again. Auckland as a supercity will be officially “too big to fail”. When Auckland encapsulates 1/3 of the electorate, political reality will mean that the rest of NZ will have to bail us out every time.
Once upon a time it would have been possible for central government to handle the debt ridden nature of a town/city/province by enforcing a bit of austerity or even take over an incompetent board. But they won’t be able to piss off us, any Wellington government that makes us suffer (even as the result of our own council’s mistakes) will be voted out of office.
Elect a Mayor who’s not nuts? Brilliant advice. Where was he when the good citizens of Wanganui needed to hear that years ago?
It is rather surprising that no moderate centrist candidate has emerged from the pack to steal the votes of the mixed nuts though. A reasonably high profile fiscal conservative without Banks’ tendency for controversy and without his link (whether justified or not) to Rodney Hide would carve a large vote from him and wipe up all the “anyone but Banks” voters contemplating Brown.
I feel sorry for the rest of New Zealand. It’s very important the bloody Jafas get it right because like it or not we rely on these turkeys. Considering what these townie tossers are voting for I don’t believe they should trusted with making the right decision. Politics and personalities from Dorkland have proven time after time that they run on their own self interests, it’s time for someone with common sense, the rural sector should be running that cesspit. Time for common sense.