Labour leader Phil Goff has given the left a rark-up to prevent the Auckland Super City falling into the hands of National Party "pawns" - John Banks and Citizens & Ratepayers.
You'd think that just at the moment, Phil Goff might have more pressing issues more directly related to the job he currently holds (and isn't doing very well, according to Chris Carter). Local body politics are just that - local - and the entry of party political figures with their rhetoric is unwelcome. And does Phil Goff even live within the Super City's southern boundary?
And we wonder how The Hon Andrew Williams is feeling this morning - read on:
In the presence of several Labour MPs and two Green MPs, Mr Goff said Labour supported City Vision and Len Brown for the Super City mayoralty.
Mr Brown also received strong backing from Mike Lee, the Auckland Regional Council chairman, who considered standing for the Super City mayoralty before the Manukau mayor put up his hand 11 months ago.
At least Phil Goff has given voters a clear message we suppose. Len Brown and City Vision are the Labour Party in drag. Then again, Len Brown has already clearly demonstrated that, with his cavalier attitude towards spending Other People's Money, and his faux outrage when accountability is demanded.
But back to our original point; we reckon that Phil Goff and the Labour Party "machine" should pull their collective heads in, and let Auckland decide how Auckland should be represented.