Repost: Bob Parker’s Lifeline
The quake has arrived only a fortnight before ballots are sent to Christchurch voters — which is ideal for an incumbent. He gets to bathe in the “roll up the sleeves, unite and fight” afterglow before it turns ugly when people realise the extent to which the Council is mismanaging the recovery. His incompetence won’t come to light until well after the polls close.
Don’t change horses midstream, the saying goes, and if Parker doesn’t make that sentiment the key focus for the remainder of the campaign, then he doesn’t deserve to win.