Vic Crone said wha?
Take a look at cycles here on this lovely xkcd comic Vic.
Vic’s views very backward says top scientist, Dr James Renwick of Victoria Uni.
Quite rightly so. I’m going to leave it to James to point out the detail, as if “97% of all relevant experts cannot convince climate change skeptics of the basic scientific facts, then nothing I say will change their minds” – as per a Guardian opinion piece proposing fewer children due to the urgency of climate change.
In that same top article John Palino says he doesn’t think Auckland is ‘super’. I don’t think I want a mayor who doesn’t even like the place. And he proposes the council do land-banking – buying up outside city limits and then changing its zoning to make money… not sure we need you LA ideas here, mate (they do it in LA… and look at the mess it’s in…).
And Mark Thomas is now polling 6th, but still seems to be seen as the other ‘credible’ candidate, even though he’s now just asking people not to vote for Phil Goff. Chloe Swarbrick and Penny Bright have a right to be aggrieved not to be getting more coverage than Mark.
Of course the main worry for the left in Auckland is with Phil waltzing in, do voters get out and make sure the city gets the councillors and local boards it needs. The mayor is but 1 vote of 21 at the table. That said, it’s an important voice with a bully pulpit – I’ve heard Goff speak about the need to use that pulpit as NZ government is very centralised. When National criticises Auckland Council for not doing enough on housing, it’s because the council isn’t pulling their 1 lever hard enough, while National are neglecting touching their many, bigger, levers at all… The mayor needs to keep the pressure on them.