Comrades, brothers & sisters.
I’m no urban planning guru, nor am I a local government geek and I don’t have Simon Wilson in my Facebook friends list, but it seems to me that when we’ve just had the lowest voter turn out in the SuperCity history, ‘praps a wee gander as to why so many Aucklanders weaponised their apathy and simply didn’t bother voting might be called for because over and above all the smug self congratulations by so many Auckland councillors on social media is the naked truth they have no mandate and rule over a burnt and broken democracy.
Now, I’ve suggested that Aucklanders weaponised their apathy because the Supercity democracy is a farce, a grotesque masquerade of democratic representation to trick people into participating so that it has the pretence of legitimacy, and Aucklanders, stuck in their gridlock see how hollow the promises of infrastructure investment really are.
There is of course a reason why Aucklanders feel this way.
It’s because it’s the truth.
Because we have a collective memory no longer than last weeks twitter feed, no one is actually remembering that this entire SuperCity creation was a far Right fantasy created by none other than Rodney Hide.
ACT + National annexed Auckland by mis-using urgency to steal a City and enforce upon it a model designed to destroy local democracy, cut back real power and remove the assets of Auckland into oxymoronic ‘Council Controlled Organisations’ that had no actual control by Council over them.
If people are serious about lifting the abysmal participation rates, they have to look at the way the SuperCity was purposely designed to rob Aucklanders of real democracy in the first place.
All these diverse youth quakes that supposedly erupted and reshaped the political landscape don’t mean jackshit if you can’t actually change anything once in power. We can’t combat the climate crisis if once we get elected we can’t actually do anything.
The disappointment plaguing Jacinda at the inability to be transformative will be reflected in the next Mayoralty election so if you want to make any actual gains, reopen the SuperCity and reform it.
Allowing the far Right of NZ politics to annex a City and enforce upon it a system designed to limit democracy and then acting surprised when that system results in the lowest voter turn out on record is a reminder that if no one remembers the past we are simply doomed to keep making the same mistakes.