A few weeks ago Lianne Dalziel announced she wouldn’t stand for the list stating:
I came to the conclusion that if I wasn’t re-elected by the people of Christchurch East I wouldn’t want to be a member of Parliament. I wouldn’t want to be anything other than the MP for this area, especially now with the challenge we’ve got.
It’s an unusual move but it’s barely business as usual in Christchurch and with the huge task ahead of all Christchurch MPs it makes sense that they make sure they have the backing of the people of Christchurch.
Which brings me to Gerry Brownlee.
No MP needs to demonstrate the confidence of the people of Christchurch at this time more than Brownlee. So why isn’t he stepping down off the list and leaving it to the people of Ilam to determine if he stays or goes? It’s not like there’s any real risk – Ilam is bluer than blue, they’d vote in a cream bun if it had the right colour rosette on it.
Surely if Brownlee wants us to believe he is acting with any kind of real mandate he can start by putting his money where his mouth is.