So, you’re the mayor of a council with nearly a billion dollars of debt. Your council is about to be abolished and you’re running to be the mayor of the new supercity. Your attack dogs are fixed on your opponent, who is beating you in the race. Now what? How about getting your soon-to-be former council pay $120,000 for a book saying how great you are?
That’s what John Banks and his C&R councilors have just voted to do. Infamous rightwinger and hack historian Michael Bassett will get a lovely pile of cash to write a history of Auckland City Council. You know what it’s going to be like, it’ll be the same as the other crap Bassett turns out. Banks will be the hero, the Left the villains.
It’s a pretty desperate attempt to paint Banks in a good light and, Auckland, it’s being done with your money.