There is a very revealing quote from John Banks in the weekend’s Dominion Post where he talks about his campaign strategy:
Uptown, Auckland Mayor John Banks, a former police minister and radio talkback host, is doing his best to soften his public image.
“If I wear my policy on my sleeve, I won’t get elected. I have got to reach across to blue collar Labour,” he says.
Think about that for a second. Banks is keeping his policy and agenda secret because he knows if the people of Auckland find out about it they won’t elect him. That is duplicity of the highest order and Banks should be called on it.
Ever since the start of this amalgamation Banks has done nothing but suck up to Wellington. He hasn’t said or done anything to stand up for the people of the Auckland against the agenda coming out of the capital. All of Banks pronouncements on the super-city demonstrate that his agenda is to draw power away from the other parts of Auckland toward himself and the centre.
From now on whenever Aucklanders hear any statements from Banks they’ll have to keep in mind that he doesn’t believe what he is saying. When he says he doesn’t want to privatise the rest of Auckland airport, the Ports of Auckland or the water company, he is lying to get elected. When he says he doesn’t want to close Auckland’s pubs at 11pm, he is lying to get elected. When he says he is a believer in public transport, he is lying to get elected.
Fact is that a leopard doesn’t change his spots. Banks doesn’t care about Auckland’s different communities he cares about getting himself elected.
P.S – Interesting to see Banks’ grandstanding is getting more and more negative comment from different circles – see this from the Herald’s arts reporter William Dart who noted at the launch of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s season that the, “inevitable Super City braggadocio from Mayor John Banks passed quickly…” When people see your positive public appearances as empty boasting, arrogant pretension or cockiness, you know you’re in trouble.