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11:22 am, May 16th, 2010 - 9 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, john banks, len brown, local body elections, supercity - Tags: aaron bhatnagar, auckland supercity, john banks, len brown, local government
Good news for Auckland in Friday’s Herald with Len Brown opening up a strong lead over John Banks.
Len Brown’s campaign seems to have been quietly gathering momentum since he launched his insurgency last year. He has got himself around the region, striking a positive tone for Auckland, sticks to the issues that matter and comes across as a uniter and a man of the people.
The poll also shows considerable discomfort with the whole supercity concept with 52.7 per cent of respondents saying a single Auckland Council would be worse for them and 31.2 per cent saying it would be better. Today’s Herald has a follow up poll showing 58.8 per cent of respondents are opposed to the government’s plan for CCOs to run 75 per cent of council services, while just 32.4 per cent are in favour.
The editorial and Rudman suggest another reason why Brown is doing well he’s tapped into this discontent. His message is that if we are going to have this supercity, I’ll look after your community and I’ll make it work. Banks, on the other hand, represents all that is wrong with a downtown takeover.
The blog on Brown’s website shows considered thinking about many subjects facing the region. His Facebook friend account has maxed out at 5,000, so he’s started a campaign fan page (I believe this makes him the second most popular current politician on Facebook in NZ behind John Key). And people genuinely think he’s a good person who would be good for Auckland.
John Banks is, well, John Banks…. yesterday’s man, the guy who wants the Sydney Opera House on Auckland’s waterfront, and soon to be part of Auckland’s history. Oh well. He can go back to peddling Kiwisaver schemes.
P.S Earlier in the week I covered Banks’ dodgy polling that was reported as only sampling ‘ratepayers’ – which would’ve bumped up his numbers. Banks’ ‘campaign strategist’ Bhatnagar replied saying the allegation is false and links to the press release he put out. Strangely, he left off the note at the bottom of the release that says: ‘*Note: Poll sampled 1500 ratepayers across Auckland over five nights last week. It has a margin of error of 2.6%.’ Today’s result seems to confirm my concerns and my call that people should be wary of claims of support for the Mayor for Remuera.