Goff limps home to victory in an election that barely a third of the City has bothered to vote for and will preside over a still divided Council. Who are the winners and who are the losers in Auckland Mayoralty 2019?
Gridlock: The gridlock that traps Aucklanders into a life of misery thanks to mass immigration, pitiful infrastructure and unchecked tourism is the greatest winner. Nothing Goff is championing will fix the gridlock and this will be mirrored on the Council itself with the majority Len Brown once wielded whittled down to almost nothing. Expect nothing to get done in this term.
Wellington Bureaucrats: They will be thanking their lucky stars that they aren’t having to deal with Tamihere, the Wellington Bureaucrats who engineer the infrastructure gridlock that plagues Auckland gets a cuddle and a kiss from Goff and tucked into bed each night.
Unaccountable CCOs: The actual organisations in Auckland that have all the power get 3 more years of unaccountability. Yay!
Labour: By re-electing Goff, Labour won’t have to do anything serious about lifting investment to do anything meaningful in Auckland. They can continue to take Pacific Island votes for granted and can continue to ignore the housing crisis by pretending Phil’s doing something. Labour will be very relieved.
Democracy: Barely a third of Auckland even bothered to vote this election with a result that is one of the lowest in the modern age. The pathetic postal ballot, the lack of awareness of the issues and candidates, the frustration of the gutted councils that have no real power all combine to make this a pretence of legitimacy masquerading for democracy. Some may be cheering that they won, but what mandate can you possibly claim with barely a third voting?
Working Class Māori: They lost their chance to have Auckland’s first Māori Mayor for probably a generation.
Media: Despite massive coverage and a push to try and convince Aucklanders that these elections mattered, Aucklanders didn’t bother voting.
Right wing in Auckland: These guys couldn’t get laid wearing a banana costume in a monkey brothel.
So in short what has this result produced in Auckland? More status quo of nothing going nowhere fast mandated by barely anyone who has bothered to vote. It is a broken and damaged democratic process that has become a sad joke, like an expensive cycle way that only Simon Wilson and the staff at Spinoff use.