Who is The Press scaring off?

June 20th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Deputy Editor writes:

is good for , and vice versa. It seems an odd argument, but each needs the other to validate whatever comes of the Christchurch mayoral election.

The point was made eloquently by city councillor Peter Beck when he announced in March that he would soon retire, and expressed a wish that the coming contest should be a “two-horse race”.

“My hope is that there is one, and only one, seriously credible alternative [to Mayor Parker] so that the city has a clear choice,” Beck said then. “That is good for democracy. It is good for both candidates. Whoever is elected will then hopefully carry a real mandate of the people.”

With respect, Cr Beck said that because he didn’t want Parker winning against a split vote. Nothing to do with mandate.

Voters should not pay too much attention to the party politics in this election.

Good God. Just ignore the fact she has spent two years demanding the Minister resign.

Both Parker and Dalziel have considerable strengths. The real danger here is that a credible third candidate will declare and deny ratepayers the chance to make a proper decision between the two. It would not help the city if a mayor was elected at this important time who did not command a clear majority of votes cast.

Such a credible third candidate would be perfectly entitled to stand, but should carefully consider his or her motives for doing so before declaring.

This is the bizarre part. I’m not sure I can recall a NZ newspaper before imploring people not to stand for office, let alone almost threatening them that they will be seen as having bad motives if they do stand.

How incredibly arrogant to declare that Parker and Dalziel must be the only choices and that a credible third candidate is a “danger” who will hinder a “proper” decision. I’d suggest many people in Christchurch would love to have a credible third candidate as they are so thoroughly depressed by the prospects of either Parker or Dalziel.

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17 Responses to “Who is The Press scaring off?”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    An editorial calling for STV to be adopted in Christchurch elections might have been better placed, if they want to ensure that whoever is elected is broadly supported by a majority.

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  2. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    The front page yesterday was just as bad. It described Parker and Dalziell as heavyweights. One can call Parker many things (both good and bad) but heavyweight is not one of them.

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  3. David in Chch (519 comments) says:

    Over dinner last night, my daughter and I agreed that we both disliked both choices. She said “Can’t we just have a third box to tick that says “Ick!”?” LOL :D

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  4. peterwn (3,273 comments) says:

    True to form – the whole reason The Press was established was to oppose Railroad Bill’s [Moorhouse] proposal for a Christchurch – Lyttelton railway.

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  5. Pongo (372 comments) says:

    I would pretty much vote for anyone except Parker, but Dalziel ? Probably not, her reputation for being a hard working local MP is bollocks and I live in her electorate, we all got pretty sick of her constant carping when in fact the government has put absolutely massive amounts of money in here and while not perfect it’s pretty bloody good.
    She is a labour MP and let’s face it they don’t have the best reputation for bringing people together and giving democracy a say. Sadly I might have to vote Bob unless a third candidate pops up with a really fantastic private sector pedigree that can shake up out hopeless council and adios the CEO.

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  6. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    I recall one mayoral race when an outside candidate entered and one of the supposed top 2 candidates complained dismissivly that he would split the vote. He won.

    Not that Dick Hubbord did that well afterwards, but he did win.

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  7. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    Pongo, I actually have to disagree with you there.

    I know someone who was neck deep in the recovery effort who was quite the fan of Dalziel’s work.

    That’s not to say at the macro/policy level she hasn’t been making a fool of herself. But she has done good work at the constituent level.

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  8. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    “….[Such a credible third candidate would be perfectly entitled to stand, but should carefully consider his or her motives for doing so before declaring]………….This is the bizarre part. I’m not sure I can recall a NZ newspaper before imploring people not to stand for office, let alone almost threatening them that they will be seen as having bad motives if they do stand….”

    I see your point but you are stretching it a little bit DPF.

    The re-build of CH-CH is of major importance, that’s undeniable, and anyone who want’s to stand as Mayor should not have any other ‘motive’ than that. – that is what the Press is really saying.

    The citizens don’t need any more ‘politics’ than they already have had with regards to the re-build. That’s undeniable too. Cheers.

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  9. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    A new high profile candidate will split the vote.
    Why did Beck ever get involved ? – he soon ran away once elected – silly old fool.

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  10. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    David, you are exactly right. This is covert Dalziel advocacy C/- of The Press who are solidly behind her. They know a third-candidate will help Parker to win because he would be the strongest of any 3 or more candidates. As it is, he leads Dalziel in the Press poll of just the two of them. I’m sure the Press is pissed about that, expecting a big Headline yesterday, “Dalziel Ahead of Parker.” Their online poll completely backfired and so there’s been no story about Parker fending off Dalziel. Typical.

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  11. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    The Press..ppfftt , we use it to clean our windows and occasionally line the cats shithouse..

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  12. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    imp#

    Pravda endorsing Putin comes to mind.

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  13. Skippytony (16 comments) says:

    Be interesting to see if all the “democracy for Christchurch” advocates come out for Dalziel. If one thing was going to guarantee that the Government tips out a disfunctional council,Dalziel getting elected will be it. And if I was mayor Bob, that would be my campaign meme, a vote for labour is a vote for National!

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  14. MT_Tinman (3,186 comments) says:

    I notice in a recent Let’s-elect-a-communist piece on Stuff (and presumably from The Press) Dalziel is quoted as being able to forget politics and work with the Government – particularly Brownlee.

    BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. backster (2,172 comments) says:

    To be truly democratic I believe the winner should always be required to get 50% of the vote, the top two candidates facing off in a second ballot if need be. The present system often entrenches an underperformer that can’t be got rid off.
    Come on Jim (Anderton) throw your hat in too, your city needs you. (so does Bob.)

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  16. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    +1 for STV

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  17. Sponge (182 comments) says:

    backster@1:59 – the city needs Anderton as much as it need another dozen mag 7 quakes. In fact more quakes would probably be less damaging.

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