Fran O’Sullivan shows that she gets it – National-Act’s supercity is designed to serve the interests of the business elite by taking democracy away from the people of Auckland, and that’s the reason for their refusal to give the people of Auckland their referendum.
Problem is, Fran’s all in favour of getting rid of democracy:
“Grassroots democracy has hardly served Aucklanders well.”
What she really means is that democratic local government hasn’t served the interests of the Auckland business elite well enough for her liking. So she’s all for getting rid of pesky democracy and installing a representative of business on an all-powerful Lord Mayor’s throne.
It’s attitudes like Fran’s that show just why we need a referendum. Our political-business elite simply can’t be trusted not to screw the scrum.