Well, not only did the people let the Government know time and again that they didn’t want any supercity, a majority of submitters said if there was to be a supercity there should be Maori seats. They were, predictably, ignored*. Supercity goes ahead and without Maori seats.
Even Audrey Young is flabbergasted at the Key Government’s complete lack of respect for the process and its tin ear for public concerns. I doubt her concern will make it into the print edition though. I doubt the Herald will feel the need to fly its ‘democracy under attack’ banner as Auckland’s local government is stolen from the people and reshaped in the interests of National/ACT’s big business backers.
The Right gets exactly what it wants. All Pita Sharples can do is whine that the other boys are playing too rough.
Welcome to democracy under the Key Government boys and girls. Democratic process reduced to farce. Naked power grabs by the parties of the wealthy elite. A party based in leftwing principles so enslaved it will continue to vote for a rightwing government that completely ignores its wishes on an issue of central importance to its raison d’etre A complicit corporate media paying lip service to its duty to hold politicians to account to their promises and democracy.
Not exactly as advertised huh?
*[cue rightwingers in the thread ‘but Labour ignored submitters on the EFB – no, they changed it so the Human Rights Commission, for one, dropped its initial opposition – and, anyway, isn’t Key meant to be giving us a brighter future?]