The inability of the center-right in Auckland to get its 'act' together and speak with a single coherent voice has led to the inevitable result. On the very occasional good day the center-right will be able to muster ten votes against eleven (including the Mayor). One most days it will be six.
I have no doubt that Goff will do a deal with some of the more faint-hearted center-right Councillors, so called, and shape Auckland the way the 'left' would have it without any thought of fiscal responsibility. We all remember when Goff froze when challenged by Key to 'show us the money'.
The one bright spot in this omni-shambles ... the re-election of Denise Krum in her Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward. Last election she defeated Richard Northey, the incumbent Labour Party heavyweight and leader of the City Vision/Labour bloc in Council by just under 1,000 votes. This time her majority was close to 5,000. Denise is acknowledged as smart and hard-working even by her opponents. Self described as a fiscally conservative, socially liberal centrist, she attracts support from across the political spectrum. Denise is destined for bigger and better things. Watch this space, watch this lady.