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12:54 pm, October 6th, 2010 - 59 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, democratic participation, john banks, local government - Tags: john banks, len brown, negative campaigning, supercity
As it goes down to the wire, John Banks’ desperation is on full display:
John Banks has admitted he could lose the Super City mayoralty on Saturday …
That was always true John. You’re not entitled to the mayoralty. It’s called an election.
… unless people in Auckland City and on the North Shore vote for him in big numbers in the dying days of the campaign.
This is Banks’ message of course. He’s trying to flog the dead horse of his tepid voter base into something approaching a last minute trot. Despite the dodgy looking polls showing a big lead for Brown, Banks’ tactic could work of course, he might scare his base in to action. He’s certainly giving it his best shot:
“If they don’t turn out and vote, we are going to get a Labour mayor from South Auckland in charge,” said the Auckland City Mayor.
Oh te noes! Now that’s laying it on the line, “a Labour Mayor” — Brown is an independent — “from South Auckland”. There’s that South Auckland dogwhistle again. It didn’t work for Melissa Lee, John, and it hasn’t worked for you so far either. As Paul Henry in his new found “wisdom” could probably tell you, the way New Zealand looks is changing. We are South Auckland.
Union leaders and the churches have mobilised South Aucklanders like never before to get out and vote for Mr Brown, while the Banks camp has struggled to match the effort, particularly on the North Shore, where the vote is barely more than 20 per cent.
We are unions and churches and ordinary people getting out to vote. What do you have to offer us as an alternative?
With an upsurge in votes expected in the final days, Mr Banks yesterday made a rallying call to his supporters by way of a scathing attack on Mr Brown.
Nothing positive. Nothing aspirational. No plan. Just more rabid negative attack politics. So far all it has done is turn the voters off, John:
Apathy leads the poll on disillusioned Shore
Only one in five North Shore folk has voted so far, and residents say they are disillusioned by political bickering and the lack of a strong mayoral candidate or key issues.
Bah humbug. It ain’t over ’till it’s over, but wouldn’t it be nice to see people power, unions and churches and a high South Auckland turnout, defeat this nasty, negative, desperate little man.