Len must be in a fantasy world if he thinks for one second he is going to be allowed to run unopposed in the next Mayoral election. His terrible lapse in judgment means he is tolerated by the Left because the nature of his sins are private, but that level of tolerance extends only to Len remaining in power for his set term, not beyond that.
What will hasten that demise is Len’s quest to hock off parts of Auckland’s dwindling public spaces to corporates in exchange for bullshit ‘public access’.
There are a host of places in Auckland that removed public space for corporations in exchange for ‘public access’. It is access that is never publicised and is quickly forgotten. BNZ Tower is supposed to give free access to the rooftop in exchange for taking up public space when it was built, try gaining access and you will get told it costs money to go to the roof. Sky City just gained all the space above Federal Street for what? The security goons at Sky City block Federal Street at the drop of hat for VIPs to the extent that the Sky City Security goons will force you to cross the road and walk on the other side of Federal Street. This is a public bloody road in the middle of the city that a Corporation literally controls. Adding to that list, we now have these Corporate interests wanting to privatize QE2 Square and one of our wharfs.
Len, you were elected to upgrade our public transport system from 4th world to 3rd world, you need to find that money by demanding it from Wellington as payback for the decades of underfunding in Auckland’s infrastructure. You were not elected to privatise public space in order to find that public transport money.