Across the country, the number of party votes National received fell in 2011, except for in Christchurch. Given turn-out fell 10%, the fact more people voted National was a sobering moment for critics of how the rebuild is being handled.
Or perhaps not. Now, 87% of Press readers think the government isn’t doing enough.
National just got lucky – the election coincided with the population’s optimistic psychological bounce-back phase – but, now, people are still waiting and there’s still no plan, and Brownlee is acting like a haughty, lazy dictator, and people are getting sick of it.
PS. I see Brownlee has created another layer of governance and stacked it with his mates, including SuperCity architect Mark Ford – who will oversee $2b of rebuilding … from Auckland.