The Herald ran today an article about Mallard lodging a complaint with the Auckland ElectoralÂ Officer about the $15,000 donation by Sky City to John Banksâ€™ mayoral campaign. I have beenÂ mulling it over and something just doesnâ€™t seem right here.
You see, in my investigations into James Bews-Hair and Conor Roberts Iâ€™ve found some interestingÂ dots that need to be joined.
There are some interesting Labour Party dynamics at play. It is clearer by the day that the AucklandÂ wing of the Party are done with all the beltway politics that is being played by Shearer and his teamÂ (of almost resigned staffers).
We all know that in Auckland there is one person who knows more about the Auckland MayoralÂ campaign than anyone.
We also know that thereâ€™s another person rather close to the current Mayor who wrote Sky Cityâ€™sÂ donation policy (refer to previous post about chequebook lobbying)
It does raise questions why the two gentlemen above would feed the information about the dual SkyÂ City donations (ie: one to Brown, one to Banks) to the serially disloyal Mallard and not to their ownÂ man Shearer (has everyone forgotten that Roberts ran Shearerâ€™s campaign for the by-election whileÂ Bews-Hair worked with and was Shearerâ€™s boss in Goffâ€™s ministerial office).
Clearly from Auckland they can sense the tide going out on Shearerâ€™s leadership. Theyâ€™ve given upÂ on their own man, their own mate, the guy they helped install.
The real question is why are theyÂ feeding Mallard? Roberts is determined to complete the hatchet job heâ€™s done on Banksâ€™ politicalÂ career. Bews-Hair is always a more difficult one to work out. May be he has got bored or may beÂ he is backing the other team and wants his old mate (and former employee) Goldsmith to be MP of
As for the complaint. It will come down to what Sky City says they told Banks (about the donation).
Hmmmâ€¦ and will Banks vote against the Sky City pokies/centre deal? Bloody unlikely.