Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Common Sense Prevails..............

...................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.

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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."

8 comments:

alex Masterley said...

Adolf,
Key is looking to 2014, not 2011. That will be the watershed election for the current government.

Inventory2 said...

Adolf - disagree about Emmerson's cartoon. I thought it was a rather brilliant statement about Maori fighting the same battles over and over (the 170 years reference) and getting the same result over and over.

Didn't realise he was a Jaapie though

Redbaiter said...

"Meanwhile, National will look forward to its old friend John Banks doing the right thing"

I don't understand. Why doesn't John Key just do the right thing himself?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Yes IV, quite so. However taken alongside the nauseating editorial it changes colour somewhat.

Lou Taylor said...

That's all very well and good Adolf but I'm beginning to think that Key is using our democracy and middle class NZ as a playing field for his ego. Rock no boats too hard and everyone thinks he is a great guy.

KG said...

"Rock no boats too hard and everyone thinks he is a great guy."
Exactly, despite the fact that some boats need capsizing, never mind the rocking.

Anonymous said...

Rock no boats too hard and everyone thinks he is a great guy.
so here's a cute little question: how much - in real terms - will Key have cut civil servants salaries by the next election? Hint: zero nominal wage increases, 5% inflation.
has anyone even noticed?
So give the man some credit!
Of course the real question is whether he will do anything near enough anywhere fast enough - and so far that answer is clearly No!
Like a currency trader, perhaps, he will make short term decisions based on maintaining a tatical advantage over Labour. But that doesn't mean he is equipt to do what Ruth Richardson did - smash the bludgers so hard in one year it took Hellen ten to undo all br changes. On 50% Key could have done all that and much much more!

Anonymous said...

Key is looking to 2014, not 2011. That will be the watershed election for the current government.


Well why the fuck isn't Key looking to the future of NZ?


Let's quote the person who really really knows what is required and how to do it: not pathetic trougher Roger but Ruth - who made more change in NZ in the single budget she was allowed to have than anyone else before or since!


Leadership, political will and a sense of urgency are a sine qua non

Key has shown no leadership, no political will, and no sense of urgency.


Q: how long would it take to stop all benefits in NZ?
A: less than a week!