I've seen this sort of thing before. The top guy does something apparently crazy and takes the fall for it......but he was actually working to an agenda. It's worth looking at what happened next for the individual concerned. What was the reward for doing something apparently crazy, but which had some obvious beneficiaries?
Me, too. The new flag is a better beach towel than the old one. The UJ is worse than the fern. I’m no Key fan (as anyone who knows me will attest), but I do actually try to take every issue on its merits….which still ends up lopsided against Key and National because their values often simply do not align with mine, but on THIS occasion, I prefer the fern to the jack.
Correct. First Past the Post is the problem. Just as it recently gave 100% of the seats on the AECT to C&R, it allowed many Council members to be elected with barely a 1/3rd of the votes cast….in both 2010 and 2013.
I looked at this at the time. http://goo.gl/m4pWhX and again 2013.
I posted about it pretty much everywhere I could think of, including here, but there wasn’t much interest the fact that well over 50% of votes cast didn’t elect anyone at all (over 62% in 2010).
Are you in Auckland, Steve?
Brewer isn't running again, last I heard.
I'd be interested in campaigning for a change to STV for Auckland Council.
The last two elections saw more than 50% of the votes cast elect no one at all.
2010 result analysis: http://goo.gl/m4pWhX
2013 result analysis: http://goo.gl/RiO8OJ
The last election saw two wards not vote as not one person stood against the incumbents.
I'll vote to change the flag. The proposed one is basically the same as the current one, except the Union Jack is swapped out and replaced by the black and white fern.
I'm for it.
Did I hear the news right yesterday? Dick Quax did his prunes at the Council meeting and walked out because he couldn’t add a NIMBY-driven zoning item to the agenda?
Quax was elected by acclamation last time. That’s a disgrace. I’ll run against him next year just to force the vote if no one else does.
I thought it ethically interesting she was appointed to the Board of Contact Energy – at $126,000/annum – a week before announcing her campaign.
Hard not to see that is a defacto campaign contribution from a crony bloc. What are the names of the people involved in that decision? It would be good to know. I wonder how Contact’s power customers / shareholders feel about paying for her to run for mayor of Auckland?
OK…Goff has a Parliamentary pension after 30+ years of service to the people of NZ. Hardly the same thing…..but some people don’t seem to be able to tell the difference. I wouldn’t trust them with anything important.