A friend has just made a very good point to me,
Think if the Christchurch earthquake had happened in a year’s time.
If Jim Anderton wins the mayoralty, he will spend over a year being an MP (and a party leader) and a mayor. Thank about what this means.
If the earthquake had occurred during the week, the Mayor would probably be in Wellington attending Parliament. The “first citizen” would be missing in action, around a third of the time.
I think the earthquake reinforces that being Mayor is not a part-time job, that you can do along with two other jobs.
Jim Anderton should use this opportunity to change his position, and announce he will resign as an MP if he is elected Mayor. Christchurch needs a full-time Mayor in the months ahead.