Michael Laws on Local Body Elections

MICHAEL LAWS: Local body madness as wannabes test their mettle – Sunday Star-Times

Michael Laws comments of the local body elections in general and in Auckland in particular;
[quote]Auckland is shaping, as ever, as a professional mud wrestling contest. The often peptic John Banks is back, declaring himself a changed man. And unlike Rodney Hide, he did not need to dance to be so. He will beat Dick Hubbard for one simple reason: Dick hasn’t done anything.

This isn’t really Hubbard’s fault. His naivete led him to believe that being mayor would be like being chairman of a board of directors managing a cereal company. Which, of course, it should be. Unfortunately, a team of liberals and left-wingers had won the majority of council seats and Dick thus had two choices. He could willingly become their puppet, or he could fight them all the way through until now and then throw himself on the electorate and demand they give him a team that he could work with.

He chose neither option. Splat. Run down by the traffic coming both ways.

Auckland’s contest also has the most exciting ingredient. Sex. Steve Crow’s candidacy and his travelling Boobs on Bikes show is the envy of all main centres. Sure, the prudes will tut-tut, but the mass appeal is irresistible. Just like the V8s, Dick doesn’t want them. Mate. We’d have them down here in Wangas in a flash: the tourism revenue would be huge.[/quote]

And splat it will be for Mayor Dick, he will be shuffled off the stage he ineptly occupied into ignominy as perhaps Aucklands worst Mayor.

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