...................but not at Radio Left Wing or at The Herald. Even their Yarpie immigrant cartoonist seems to lament our failure to adopt apartheid for our largest city.
Putting to one side the mostly ignored truth that the inclusion or exclusion of reserved Maori seats is already prescribed in the Local Government Act and is the sole preserve of the new City Council, lets take a look at the delicious politics of it all.
The whingers, moaners ans shouters from the left (and the right) just don't seem to 'get' John Key. He is a man who is versed in playing the long game, with the odd king hit thrown in along the way. That's what currency traders do. The successful ones are unpredictable.
Adolph reckons the long game being played here is the run up to the 2011 election. Messrs Turia and Sharples knew all along that they would not get mandated Maori seats so they will be looking down their shopping list to see what they can buy on special from Supermarket National now that Council Maori Seats are off the shelf.
They can look forward to the pre-stock take sale in mid 2011 when there will be bargains galore. NACTional owes them one and they all know it.
Meanwhile, National will look forward to its old friend John Banks doing the right thing (for Auckland and for Maori, of course) by bringing on a rate payers' referendum on the introduction of reserved Maori seats on Auckland Council. This referendum will play out about three months before the general election and will loudly remind middle New Zealand why it voted out Labour in 2008. Messrs Sharples and Turia will make all the running and Labour will be forced to publicly support them.
The real beauty of it all is that Rodney Hide and John Key won't have to do or say a thing. Banksie will say it all for them and absorb all the flak.
Not for nuthin' forty years ago did Adolf and his mates call politics 'The Comedy From Canberra."
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