Things really are getting desperate for the Right in the super-mayor race. Granny Herald launched yet another round of attacks on Len Brown last weekend but the public aren’t buying it (maybe because fewer and fewer Aucklanders are bothering to read Granny’s rants?). The business community is abandoning John Banks, more rightwing candidates are joining the field and there is a palpable fear from Banks’ enormous 15-person campaign leadership team of a new major business candidate – Stephen Tindall.
Fran O’Sullivan’s piece is full of spite towards Brown but that’s to be expected. What is informative is what she has to say about Banks:
“The ability of the Auckland council mayor to fund such flights of fancy [as an Olympics bid] from ratepayers’ cash was never in the prescription for the new Super City. But the fact that Banks believes this would be within his mayoral capacities is surely reason enough for the Government to amend the legislation giving rise to the Super City to ensure that the Auckland council cannot commit funds to pursuing mega-billion projects that are clearly outside the capacity of New Zealand, let alone Auckland, to fund.”
The right on right fighting is getting intense.
But that’s nothing compared to Matthew Hooton’s savage attack on Tindall. There was a clear message in Hooton’s rant – ‘if you run we will stop at nothing to destroy your reputation’. The man isn’t even in the race (yet) but Team Banks is clearly crapping themselves at the thought of Tindall splitting the race and stealing most of his votes from Banks. Hence, Hooton’s all-out effort to scare him out of running at all.
Brown would be best to rise above all the smears from National and its allies. If he keeps focused on the issues, he’s going to win this thin hands down.