So what is this Transition Board thing that National and Act created by ramming through legislation in a huge rush last week last week and only to get cold feet over appointing its members? Basically, it gives five people (rightwing businessmen) who are appointed by the government the power to veto spending decisions made by the elected councils of the Auckland region. It goes like this –
5 unelected appointees vetoing the decisions of a hundred-odd elected officials. Doesn’t sound like democracy to me.