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3:20 pm, May 22nd, 2009 - 29 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, democracy under attack, national - Tags: franklin, lockwood smith, mark ball, paul hutchison, paula bennett, rodney
Remember – March against National’s undemocratic supercity Monday 25th, noon, Queen St [More info]
National’s Paul Hutchison, whose Hunua electorate lies in Franklin, has written a piece with Mark Ball, the mayor of Franklin, in today’s Herald. The sum of it: Supercity yes, but leave Franklin out of it.
Funny because ‘leave me out of it’ is also what the people of Rodney, Helensville, South Auckland, and Waitakere are saying. According to Melissa Lee, the people of Mt Albert want to go one better and have their borough council back.
By writing this piece, Hutchison has broken the party line that everyone loves the supercity. He must think things are pretty bad to do so. He must be in fear of an anti-supercity backlash hitting him in 2011.
So far, he’s the only National MP to publicly ask his leader to keep the supercity debacle away from his electorate but Paula Bennett is also very worried. Even the eternally optimistic Lockwood Smith could only claim that public opinion for the supercity is ‘almost 50/50 in Whangaparaoa‘ after attending a meeting where opposition was near universal.
I wonder if Hutchison consulted Key before he effectively disowned the supercity.
I also wonder if he now regrets voting to include Franklin in the supercity just last week.
And will he cross the floor to vote against a supercity that includes Franklin in the future?
Update: No Right Turn blogs on the news Rodney wants out of the Super City.