Former Northland mayor, Wayne Brown, thinks Northland voters are retarded

Former Northland mayor, Wayne Brown, thinks Northland voters are retarded.

He writes at NBR:

The first finalist is Northland, whose voters managed to choose an inexperienced police officer as their local MP when they could have had the most experienced and, for the moment, most powerful politician in the country.

The second finalist is Hastings, which selected a former mayor who oversaw the poisoning of thousands of his voters who drank the polluted town water supply,

The third finalist is Epsom, whose mainly Chinese voters managed to elect the only right-wing party’s candidate who now becomes New Zealand’s most irrelevant MP, shunned not only by all the centre-left parties but even by National, which cobbled the nasty deal that put him there in the first place.

To be fair, I think the residents of Tukituki knew they were courting disaster if they elected a home-wrecker with significant ethics issues.

And the winner of the Stupidest Electorate is Northland, where I am sad to report that I live.

Northland voters had the easiest choice of any for their local MP. They had Winston Peters, the longest-serving and most Machiavellian MP. He placed himself in the most powerful position of any MP and who could ask for and get anything he wanted for Northland.

Yet a majority of simpletons up here chose to vote for a novice, whose own party thought so little of him that he only made it to #51 on its list.

So, instead of being the main card on the negotiating table to form the next government, Northland is instead represented by a newbie who will have absolutely no influence, will never be in the cabinet and could easily not even be in government.

No wonder the Northland roads are the worst in the country and that most of those dunces have lousy incomes. What were they thinking?

I’m pretty sure that thinking wasn’t involved in the process.

It’s not as if Northland hasn’t had experience in being represented by police officers. In fact, for a supposedly business-friendly party, the Nats have offered only ex-police officers or ex-council workers to voters in the past 30 years.


There must be something in the water up here (and I don’t just mean the silt, nitrogen, phosphorus and dairy effluent that fills the harbour each time it rains) but some weird chemical that causes so many to keep voting National even after decades of getting nothing back for this misguided loyalty.

Oddly enough, it is raining MPs up here, with Shane Jones back, along with Willow-Jean Prime, whose ineffectiveness at the district council doesn’t seem to have held her back.

Maori voters showed more intelligence than pakeha ones by correctly selecting sensible and capable Kelvin Davis over the volatile but entertaining Hone Harawira.

Winston Peters’ policies, such as a move against the centralisation so beloved by Steven Joyce and shifting used cars from expensive land at the bottom of Queen St to cheap land at Marsden Point, will be a welcome addition to the bland fare offered by the two main parties. So, go Winston, and I apologise for my fellow citizens’ stupidity.

No wonder he is no longer Mayor. A very bitter rant, but somewhat accurate.



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