Things are getting tough for Len Brown. He has literally become a man alone.
His Labour pals have carded him, no one invites him to anything and he is now having to resort to stage-managed appearances where he can lap for his council funded limousine into a building for a function and back again without having to face the public.
Now even lefty commentators are abandoning him and his dreams.
Rod Oram says that Len’s waterfront plans won’t work. Firstly he suggests that Auckland become more globalised…I nearly fell off my chair when I read it.
So, how might Auckland fulfil its ambitions? The goals are right. The region needs to be far more deeply linked with the global economy. Currently only 9 per cent of Auckland’s economy has anything to do with the rest of the world. The vast bulk of activity is generated from serving the needs of its population, and the wider country.
To develop such engagement, Auckland needs to become very good at attracting interest and investment from overseas businesses, while many more Auckland businesses must learn how to earn a living internationally, not just in this tiny domestic market. But Auckland will develop these two powerful economic drivers only if it locks on to the seismic economic and social shifts in the world. The most potent of all is the economic and environmental sustainability of urban areas. Read more »