Interesting times – on both sides of the political divide currently. Over at the Pundit, Tim Watkin says:
…Labour hardly looks focused in Auckland, or refreshed with new talent. Phil Twyford the man who everyone likes but no-one wants has been allowed to stand (or almost stand) and lose in three electoral seats now. Is that how you treat a man of his talent? It’s appalling mismanagement. And to however many Aucklanders are paying attention, it looks shonky and undermines his efforts in the Super City debate, sending the message to Aucklanders that the man chosen to lead the party’s attack on the Super City isn’t worthy of a seat in it. Clumsy is the kind word for it.
Nevertheless, one thing that’s become evident in recent weeks is quite how fast and loose National is playing with Auckland. You’ve got to wonder if either major party has the discipline to lay claim to this electoral crown….
Maybe National has done the focus groups and decided that enough Coromandel bach owners are wealthy eastern suburbanites who will be won over by tax cuts and business talk. But it’s a hell of a punt…
The fact that even John Banks (who has Fletcher as an adviser) announced his opposition before Gerry Brownlee had spat out the words “Eden Park” and “postcard” tell you which way he thinks the wind in Auckland is blowing.
I think political observers from both the left and the right are watching National’s handling of mining with a sense of disbelief. Have they become so confident of being able to sway public opinion (or a lack of organised opposition) that they think they can get these proposals through?