The Press has more today on the new mayoral contender in Christchurch.
“By announcing he will stand for the city’s top job, businessman Paul Lonsdale has delivered Lianne Dalziel exactly what she wanted – a contest.”
We NEED a contest. We cannot hand the Christchurch mayoralty to a sacked Labour minister politician on the down-slope of her career on a silver platter. Lianne has to earn the right. It’s been said several times, “Christchurch is not a retirement home for retiring Labour MPs with limited future prospects in parliament: Tim Barnett, Jim Anderton, Lianne Dalziel et al.”
“The smart money would still have to be on Dalziel taking out the mayoralty, but Lonsdale, more than any of the other candidates who have so far put their hand up for the job, will keep her on her toes.”
Paul has a fair chance. It will come down to the campaigning; or if someone drops the ball.
“With his business credentials Lonsdale will undoubtedly appeal to voters who can’t shake off their perception of Dalziel as an anti-business Leftie.”
This is Lianne’s biggest negative, she IS a centralised Labour MP and is actually campiagning on the public purse while doing so. That sets the tone really, doesn’t it? She also has a coterie of hard Labour leftists including gay political agenda activists (nothing against that, its just not something we need on CCC right now) around her (note the familiar faces glued to her like limpits in her Fb images). These hacks will inevitably be appointed to responsible roles inside Council – this is how Labour works.
“The fact that Parker has also informally endorsed Lonsdale by saying he has every confidence in his ability to do the job also puts him in a different league from the other mayoral contenders.”
As well as his positive localised non-political vision, this is Paul’s biggest asset, that he is a counter to a very defined politics on the other side. Anyone not wanting Labour politics on Council will rally to him. Choice is good.
“Battle-hardened from her years as an electorate MP, Dalziel knows how to win campaigns and she has spent months gearing up for this one. She is going to come out all guns blazing and Lonsdale is likely to struggle to keep up with her.”
Lianne is a good campiagner, but I suspect it could be counter-productive. The more aggressive she gets, the more myopic over the politics, it may turn voters off. It simply is not what we need right now, and Paul Lonsdale represents a more focussed, localised positive outlook, well-engaged with the detail of the local issues. Dalziel continues in pariament, in Wellington, and shuttles down to Christchurch on the parliamentary salary. It’s not a good look.
“WHO IS PAUL LONSDALE?
- He is 52 years old.
- Originally from Southland, he has lived in Christchurch for 41 years.
- He is married, has three children, and lives in Merivale.
- He has not been involved in local body politics before and is not aligned to any political party.
- He is central city manager for the Central Business Association and was one of the driving forces behind the Re:Start container shopping mall.
- He is also a member of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority’s Community Forum.
The proposed Hagley Oval development: “It’s a minor modification and it will produce an international stage for cricket, so I think that is a good thing.”
The Christ Church Cathedral: “The decision is largely out of the council’s control . . . I wouldn’t want to see a replica built. I think that would be a shame and that would be wrong . . . . Heritage in 100 years’ time is what we build today, so let’s make sure whatever we do, it’s going to have some value in the future
The stadium: “The council is already committed to it . . . If they’re going to start building the stadium, they need it in time for the Lions tour.”
The draft Local Alcohol Policy: “I don’t think it is going to change the [alcohol] culture . . . We will kill our nightlife, which means we won’t be an attractive place for young people. It will affect tourism, it will affect education.”
Whether he could work with Tony Marryatt: “I think it’s time to actually relook at the council and get some fresh faces in there that have a different view.”