Brian Rudman is almost never right, and he still doesn’t have his council/state-subsidised theatre.
But occasionally, about once a year, he does get something right.
It bemuses me the way the major political parties go to so much trouble to disguise their interest in running Auckland Council. Why wouldn’t they want to control the powerhouse city of the New Zealand economy, home to a third of the population?
This week we learn a triumvirate of National Party presidents – past and present – have joined forces with two Auckland-based junior Cabinet ministers, Nikki Kaye and Paul Goldsmith, to mastermind a new front group, Auckland Future, set up to contest next year’s local elections.
The presidents include sitting party boss Peter Goodfellow, long-time party Svengali Michelle Boag, and Sue Wood, who headed the party during Sir Robert Muldoon’s tumultuous prime ministership.
Last month they hosted Prime Minister John Key at a fundraising event for the new ticket.
But when fronted by my colleague Bernard Orsman, they ducked for cover. It is as though they’re ashamed of Brand National. Scared it will turn voters off.