There was an odd little piece in The Herald on Tuesday:
Uprising would force Super City changes: PM
Prime Minister John Key says the Government will back down on the new Super City boundaries for Rodney and Franklin if there is enough of a community uprising.
Mr Key said he would be happy to overrule the recent decision to divide north Rodney and south Franklin from the Super City if the “community voice” told him to. …
This puzzles me for many reasons. How big an uprising is required? Should they carry pitchforks? Or is it enough to drive a tractor up the steps of parliament? I dunno – seems like Key is asking for trouble. Off hand I can’t recall any previous PM inviting the populace to revolt.
More seriously — why do the good people of Rodney and Franklin get special treatment? By any standards the Hikoi for Maori seats was a good sized uprising. 7000 people marched through the Auckland CBD calling on the government to give Maori a voice on the new Auckland Council (as per the Royal Commission which National promised to support then arbitrarily scrapped). All the Hikoi achieved was a condescending brush off from Key:
The right forum to raise concerns was through the parliamentary process, he said. … ‘I don’t think the hikoi of itself will make any difference really we are going to go through the select committee process, that’s not a white wash we are actually going to listen to what happens there.
We all know how that turned out. Before the Select Committee had even reported back Key announced that the Maori seats were gone. So much for listening. So much for parliamentary process. So much for the Hikoi — obviously not the right kind of uprising.
[Update – looks like the official Rodney and Franklin uprising is under way]