Auckland Future

The knives are out…as they should be

The National party, in the past, has been very effective at cutting out cancer. After the 2002 debacle the board moved very quickly to cut cancer out and Boag and English were knifed.

Now one of those fools is back meddling and it cost Auckland a centre-right council. Michelle Boag is a cancer in National. Maurice Williamson once described her as a boil that needed lancing. That has not changed.

The knives are out in the National Party after the centre-right’s disastrous result at last weekend’s local elections in Auckland.

Mayoral candidate Vic Crone trailed Labour Phil Goff from start to finish.

Goff’s name recognition and political experience were too much of a mountain to climb for Crone in 10 months. Having two other centre-right contenders, John Palino and Mark Thomas, confused voters and made matters worse.

The immediate post mortem is focused on National’s de facto ticket Auckland Future, which bombed horribly.

Auckland Future set out to create a citywide ticket and secure a majority of centre-right councillors on Auckland Council. It stood seven council candidates and endorsed media personality Bill Ralston in Waitemata and Gulf. It came away with one seat. Of the 25 candidates who stood for a Local Board, six were elected.

On the North Shore, where National holds every electorate seat, Auckland Future was taken to the cleaners by four centre-left, liberal candidates. From a base in Parnell, Auckland Future nobbled the sitting centre-right North Shore councillor George Wood, who could have won.

On election day, not a single National MP turned up at Crone’s function at the Cav tavern in Freemans Bay. Act leader David Seymour was the only MP in attendance. Seven National MPs, including junior cabinet ministers Maggie Barry, Paul Goldsmith and Nikki Kaye, were at her campaign launch.

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Observations of Auckland’s centre-right clusterf*ck election

Nick K stood for office on the North Shore.

He makes some observations of the campaign at No Minister:

Like a lot of people, I watched the clusterf**k unfold last Saturday, but my sentiment was more of amusement rather than disappointment. ?And that’s because I saw this coming about 6 months ago, or maybe even longer. ?I was involved in the campaign at a candidate level for a local board, and tried to distance myself from Auckland Future as best I could. ?Stevie Wonder could have seen what was coming for them.

The political right in local body politics in Auckland exhibit the same attitude and make the same mistakes that Labour does at central politics level at the moment. ?Both sets of players talk at voters, rather than to them. ?They both believe they are right (as in correct) and soon the dumb voters will wake up and realise it. ?But critically, they both utterly fail in their political messaging and strategy. ?Both Labour and the centre right in Auckland local body politics believe if they keep doing the same things – the very things that have failed Labour and the centre right in Auckland local body politics since 2010 – eventually they will succeed as the voters will inevitably see sense.

Of course, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of stupidity. ? Read more »

Auckland Future’s past it

The much vaunted National Party in Drag replacement for C&R has been utterly destroyed in the Auckland Council elections. Only incumbent Denise Krum won a council seat, and the half-witted decision to run two candidates against George Wood has meant that there is now a Labour councillor on the North Shore.

We pointed this out in May.

If you were running a centre right campaign would you:

a. Bully incumbent councillors to try to get them to run.

b. When they tell you to get stuffed because they think you are a pack of bullies decide to stand candidates against them so you split the vote and ensure looney lefties like Cathy Casey and Chris Darby get reelected.? Read more »

Simon Wilson from Metro on Vic Crone

Simon Wilson has a brutal column on Vic Crone in Metro.

As is usual for this lefty sniveller he?sneers his way through a meandering waffly old tale until the very end when he slips the shiv in:

She?s right about many things, but does that make her right for the job? She?s allowed herself to be surrounded by time-servers, hacks and half-arses. The embittered (in the local body world), entitled rump of old National. Almost none of them share the next generation future-focused energy she likes to portray herself as having. ? Read more »

The Auckland Future clusterf*ck continues

If you were running a centre right campaign would you:

a. Bully incumbent councillors to try to get them to run.

b. When they tell you to get stuffed because they think you are a pack of bullies decide to stand candidates against them so you split the vote and ensure looney lefties like Cathy Casey and Chris Darby get reelected.

c. Piss off the centre right incumbents like George Wood and Christine Fletcher who may be a bit pedestrian and long in the tooth but are worthy souls who have contributed a great deal to NZ through their public service.

If you have answered yes to these three questions please contact Auckland Future as they need people like you. ? Read more »

More mistakes from Nikki Kaye’s much vaunted Auckland strategy

What? It doesn't Google?

What? It doesn’t Google?

Yesterday was the much heralded launch of Nikki Kaye?s political vehicle, Auckland Future?s, first two candidates. The slight problem is that Auckland Future are so terrible that their web site does not come up on google, and if you want to find it you have to type in the URL until you get the right site.

We will make it easy for people to find the web site and hopefully make it searchable by putting the address here and linking it. ? Read more »

Auckland Future’s Lack of Candidates

The nascent Auckland Future appears to have been soundly rejected by the current right wingers on council.

So far we have?been able to confirm that Councillors Wood, Quax & Stewart will not be joining. Cr Krum is concerned that Auckland Future will damage her chances in a tight election, and is also concerned that they will try to force her into policies that please Nikki Kaye voters but do not please Denise Krum voters. None of the new right wing candidates I know?about, declared or undeclared, are intending to join.

Chris Fletcher may join but is sitting on the fence (like she has always done) and waiting to see what is happening.

Desley ?Anastasia? Simpson, running in Orakei, is going to join, and the opportunist and all round dopey bastard Calum Penrose may be signed up. Penrose is likely to do what Noelene Raffils did with C&R, refuse to contribute to their campaign fund but leverage off their brand. ?? Read more »

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