Opinion-for-Hire Maria Slade calls the Auckland mayoral election for Goff


There is no need for an election, Maria Slade has anointed Phil Goff as our next mayor.

If the Auckland mayoral campaign were a horse race the bookies would not bother laying odds on Phil Goff, so sure are his chances.

The news incumbent Len Brown is stepping down at next year’s election leaves the field wide open for the Labour MP.

Goff has not officially declared his hand but his rhetoric has been building for months to the point where it is now “likely” he will stand, and an announcement is expected shortly.

A centre-left candidate in the vein of Brown, the longtime MP and former Cabinet Minister is no rank outsider.

He is politically experienced, stable, likeable, and well connected in Wellington – an increasingly key attribute in the leader of the Auckland Super City.

Most importantly, at the moment he has exactly no competition.

Not yet, and this piece from Maria Slade is designed to ensure there isn’t a competition.

There is a vacuum on the right of the Auckland political spectrum, with not even a whiff of a credible candidate in the air to date.

The blues are galvanising, with reports of a new Auckland Future ticket supported by National Party stalwarts, and to be fair it is still 11 months out from the October 8 election.

It would be good to see a decent contest.

There is plenty of discontent among the ratepayers of Auckland’s better-heeled suburbs who have endured hefty rates rises.

But it will take an extremely high-profile and strong right wing candidate to defeat Goff.

Buggered if I know why people rate Phil Goff.

When presented with simple questions by John Key in the 2011 election he stumbled…and then there is his dishonesty.

If Phil Goff is the answer for Auckland’s problem it was probably a really stupid question.


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