Labour really does seem to have a bit of a problem now with its discredited candidate for the Auckland Super City Mayoralty. Lyen Brown hasn't got a shit's show in hell after the events of the last few days so what is Labour's plan B?
Adolf's pick is that Judith Tizard will be persuaded to resign from the Labour list in return for getting the party's backing for a tilt at the Auckland job.
Adolf reckons it's a perfect way for Phil Goff to rid the Labour Party of the spectre of Ms Tizard, who is of course the next cab off the rank from Labour's party list. We disagree.
Labour desperately wants to win the Auckland Supercity mayoralty. It wants to control Auckland at local level in a way that it has been unable to at a national level. Such is Labour's commitment that all efforts have gone into Len Brown's campaign. Key staff have been delegated to support Brown, namely Helen Clark's former Chief Press Secretary David Lewis, and Conor Roberts, who not that long ago published a paper on what Labour needed to do to reinvent itself.
We reckon that Labour has decided that Brown is its man, no matter what, and that they are hoping that the spending row will blow over. Failing that, we have no doubt that they are digging for dirt on John Banks, but so far all they've come up with is that he vainly obfuscated about his height, or the lack thereof.
So we reckon that the chances of Judith Tizard being given a crack at the mayoralty are zip. Let's not forget that Ms Tizard was so effective as Minister for Aucland Issues in the Clark administration that the role had to be disestablished! It's a nice theory Adolf, but it's never going to happen. But that's just our opinion!