An insider told me recently that the real problem with Brown is that he’s the lackey of his Council officials. His ‘vision’ is really ‘their’ vision. He’s just the PR front man who sells the vision of Labour/Green activists who infest the bureaucracy.
I know this to be true from personal experience. No sooner had the ink dried on the oath of office in November 2010 than we elected representatives were presented with the glossy, artfully drawn, plans and ‘vision’ for Auckland’s future. No consultation, no discussion with local boards, no discussion among Councillors just a perfect blueprint provided by the planners and endorsed by the Mayor.
The five years since have simply been a PR exercise in promoting those original plans. Public consultation has been a total sham.
Would Goff be the bureaucrat's 'yes' man? Here’s Rodney Hide’s take on Goff in the NBR.
Mr Goff joined the Labour Party at 16 and became an MP in 1981. He has been a politician his entire life. The key to his political survival is his excessive caution and extreme flexibility.
Mr Goff has never made a do-or-die stand and, indeed, has travelled the entire political spectrum and back again. He has been against free trade, for free trade and now he’s against again.
There’s no leadership, no principles, no underpinning philosophy or view of life. Professional politicians are party functionaries bobbing about on the sea of public opinion.
They are institutionalised and their interests align with government rather than with the citizenry.
Whaleoil adds his own, similar, assessment of Goff.
For a student politician, protestor, paint thrower and face spitter like Phil Goff there really is only politics, he is distinctly lacking in any other skills.
Goff at the trough would mean more pig swill for ratepayers to swallow. He would be yet another appalling mayor.