Penny Hulse endorses wet councillors

Being too wet for Nikki Kaye, the Prima Donna of the wet wing of the National Party, is exceptionally bad news for any alleged right-wing council candidate.

Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper and Calum Penrose are way too wet for Nikki, so wet that they have managed to win the endorsement of the very left-wing Penny Hulse.

Reflecting on the article by Bernard Orsman in the Herald on the lack of cohesion in the “right” Bernard expresses his views but then goes on to quote Nikki Kaye, Auckland MP who says that the right is disappointed with cllrs Linda Cooper Bill Cashmore and Calum Penrose. I am astounded at this!

These 3 councillors have worked tirelessly for the good of Auckland and have done a huge amount of the heavy lifting, Calum with his huge success on dangerous dogs, Bill overseeing our transport negotiations with government and Linda carrying a huge portfolio of Hearings and also community responsibilities. Councillors need to do much more than swan around currying favour with political parties and saying no to everything. They need to work for the good of the city and all it’s communities.   

Bernard may advocate for a return to good old Auckland city council politics where everything happened in the caucus rooms and the council meetings were a “set piece” for the media…..well I for one do not want Auckland run from Wellington. I believe we need to understand what real hardworking councillors like Bill, Calum and Linda actually do and see reporting that doesn’t simply focus on the mythical left and right divide.

I think the media should focus on the real issue which is how we will actually deal to the issues faced by Auckland. This requires the wisdom of left and right and the united focus on what is good for our city. Dressing this up as people who vote with the mayor or not is a complete nonsense, this is no longer relevant as the focus should be on getting a decent budget, finishing the Unitary plan and nailing our transport plans. Neither the mayor nor a left/right battle matter here……..Auckland does. Thank you Bill, Calum and Linda for your commitment to our city.

It is going to be interesting to see if the wets in centre-right seats are able to convince right-wing voters that they are actually right-wingers, not halfwits who have backed the biggest and most dramatic spend up in local government history.

Fortunately, social media lets everyone see who they are friends with, who they like sharing photos and other pithy posts with and, most importantly, who they vote with.


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