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STV result a failure for the left in Auckland City

Published: Thu 12 Dec 2002 11:24 PM
STV result a failure for the left in Auckland City
Hobson Community Board member Aaron Bhatnagar today declared the failed STV petition result a damning indictment on the state of the left in Auckland City.
³The Greens, failed left-wing local body politicians, Wake-Up Auckland, the Water Pressure Group, City Vision and so on ad infinitum ­ despite the support of a myriad of different groups, STV failed. The fact that all these groups could not get 12600 signatures (5% of the electoral roll) across the whole of Auckland City in 90 days to trigger a referendum on STV suggests that ratepayers are content with their current system and don¹t want complicated changes,² said Mr. Bhatnagar. ³It also suggests that these groups are paper tigers ­ despite their bolshie behaviour they don¹t have the support of mainstream Auckland.²
³The real truth of the matter is that Auckland City doesn¹t need a complicated voting system like STV. The only people who really wanted it are the loony-left political fringe and some of the local body politicians who lost in the October 2001 elections. For example, Christine Fletcher, Maire Leadbeatter and those other left wing politicians who were rejected by the voters a year ago are looking for any chance they can to get re-elected. As some commentators have noted, their promotion of STV was self-serving,² said Mr. Bhatnagar.
³If they had spent more time dealing with genuine ratepayer concerns, instead of presiding over waste-of-time consultation, grandiose touchy-feely communications and engaging in politically correct causes that achieved nothing tangible for ratepayers, then they might have been re-elected. Instead, they were dismissed from office in a landslide,² said Mr. Bhatnagar.
³No doubt, the STV campaigners will try and assert some sort of dubious moral victory even though they were a considerable 20% shy of the threshold. They will be flogging a dead horse,² concluded Mr Bhatnagar.

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