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John Banks Should Quit Spinning The ARC Election

ARC Councillor, City Vision.
Michael Wilson

Mike Lee suggested Mayor John Banks "quit spinning" the ARC election results and listen carefully to what Aucklanders are telling him.

Newly elected ARC member Mike Lee rejected claims that a split in the right wing vote was the decisive factor in the election. "That's just damage control by Mr Banks' squadron of spin doctors," said Mr Lee. "In fact if one adds up the left-of-centre votes they still outnumber the right votes".

Harry Palmer (Independent) 4268, D. Fairely (GE Free) 4080, Pita Turei (Heritage Values) 2987 and even Peter De Jonge (Blokes Liberation) 2834 campaigned on clear left-of-centre platforms. "Collectively these add up to another 14,169 left-of-centre votes - added to those of City Vision we still beat the right handily".

But Mr Lee said the exercise was pointless anyway, as there is always some vote-splitting in elections. "As a matter of fact Mr Banks was elected exactly because of a split in the centre-left vote". Mr Lee pointed out that in the last Mayoral election Matt McCarten of the Alliance received 15785 votes and John Banks won by a margin of 15360 votes.

Mr Lee said that a notable factor in the election was that many Centre Right people like Chris Fletcher, Victoria Carter and Dame Barbara Goodman were dismayed at the Banks/ACRN “Ruth Richardson”-style right-wing policies and the Birch report, and they openly backed Mr Lee.

Mr Lee said Mr Banks should think about the results carefully and what Aucklanders are trying to tell him. "A good sports team doesn't bleat at the game results but learns from those results,” Mr Lee said. Mayor Banks does have the capacity to be flexible and to change his position and welcomed the Mayors change of mind on rail services and the new Britomart Auckland Central station. "I am sure most Aucklanders would like him also to rethink his position on pensioner housing sales and the sale of Airport shares" said Mr Lee.


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