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Survey Shows Andrew Williams Top Choice for Mayor of Super City


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Confused about you should vote for as Mayor of the new Super City? Well, Family First has come to your rescue with the results of a simple questionnaire to the leading candidates, published in a full-page ad in today’s Herald.  The results make it absolutely clear that there really is no other possible option for upright and decent citizens to choose than the current North Shore Mayor, Andrew Williams. Let me explain why: 

John Banks, Len Brown, Andrew Williams, Colin Craig and Simon Prast were given 10 questions to answer. They could respond to the questions in one of three ways: Yes, Not Sure/Maybe or No. If they answered Yes, they got a white smiley face; if they answered Not Sure/Maybe, they got (appropriately) a grey, neutral face; If they answered No, they got a black, scowly face. 

Here are the 10 questions: 

*AFFORDABLE HOUSING  Will you take the lead to amend zoning restrictions to free up land so as to lower costs of housing for first-home buyers? 

*ALCOHOL OUTLETS  Will you introduce bylaws and lobby for the restriction of alcohol outlets in residential areas and reduce the number of licences issued and trading hours? 

*BILLBOARDS   Will you introduce bylaws and lobby for G-rated public billboards with a pre-vetting system? 

*BROTHELS   Will you introduce and lobby for bylaws restricting brothels in residential areas and close to sensitive sites such as schools, kindergartens, playgrounds and shopping areas frequented by families and children? 

*FACILITIES FOR FAMILY EVENTS   Will you introduce a bylaw preventing the hireage and use of Council owned buildings and facilities for R-rated events? 

*GST ON RATES   Will you campaign for parliament to remove GST on rates? 

*LOAN SHARKS   Will you lobby the government for greater regulation of loan sharks – especially those targeting lower socio-economic areas – including capped interest rates and registration? 

*POKIES  Will you introduce and lobby for a reducing lid policy on pokie machines, especially in low socio-economic areas? 

*PUBLIC NUDITY/MARCHES   Will you lobby the government to clarify offensive behaviour under the Crimes Act in order to prevent parades involving nudity and/or offensive behaviour eg boobs on bikes, beach nudity? 

*STREET PROSTITUTION   Will you introduce and lobby for bylaws to ban street prostitution? 

Now to try to work out who came out best, I’ve given three points for each smiley face, two for each neutral face and one for each scowly face. 

And the results – from worst to best, so as to create maximum tension – are: 

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Banks or Brown? Brown or Banks? Who’s really Mr Nice? Who’s really Mr Nasty? Who’s neither?


It’s confusing. I thought I knew who Len Brown was and I thought I knew who John Banks was. Crudely expressed, Brown was Mr Nice and Banks was Mr Nasty. There’s something reassuring about that sort of simplistic delineation of character. For one thing, it makes political options easier. Given the choice of having Mr Nice or Mr Nasty run things for us, we’d all choose Mr Nice of course. Or would we?

Deborah Hill Cone expresses an interesting view of this in this morning’s Herald. In a column headlined Bad is best – the good guys don’t get the job done, she writes: 

‘Personally, I’d choose a bolshie Churchillian with a filthy mouth and bad temper but great leadership chops over a well-spoken, mild-mannered, hand-holding type.’ 

She’s not alone. If you look at the men and women New Zealanders have chosen to lead the country, a very clear picture arises of our taste in Prime Ministers. A perception of strength, bordering on tyranny, is the essential prerequisite. We prefer the bully to the (perceived) wimp. Muldoon and Rowling provide the clearest example. Muldoon, most people would agree, looked like a bully; Rowling, in reality a very strong personality, came across as weak and ineffectual. Muldoon beat him in three elections. 

At the local body level, Banks and Hubbard illustrate this phenomenon. Aucklanders got rid of Banks because he was nasty and they thought they wanted someone nice. Hubbard was nice. But it didn’t take the citizenry long to realise that nice wasn’t what they wanted after all. Banks was back. As Hill Cone rightly observes: ‘Hubbard would be welcomed into anyone’s knitting circle but that may not be the first quality on the list for great mayors.’    Read the rest of this entry »