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Big promises by mayoral candidate, John Morrison?

On 23 May, right-wing Wellington City Councillor, John Morrison announced his candidacy for the Wellington Mayorlty,


Morrison throws hat in ring for mayor

Acknowledgement: Dominion Post – Morrison throws hat in ring for mayor


The election campaign has begun in earnest, with Morrison taking swipes at incumbent mayor, Celia Wade-Brown. Morrison is supported by right-leaning, corporate  media such Fairfax/Dominion Post.

The Dominion Post has never been particularly supportive of Mayor Wade-Brown, choosing instead to under-mine her position at ever available oppportunity (see previous related blogposts:  Sean Plunkett’s parking ticketsCurioser and curioser? More Dom Post BS?).

Every time the Dominion Post refers to “Wellington’s lack of leadership” is a coded attack on Mayor Wade-Brown. Keep an eye on the Dominion Post is you  read it.  Every so often an editorial, column, or other piece will use that meme; “Wellington’s lack of leadership“.

It is subtle and pernicious character assassination.

Cr Morrison is now engaged in his own campaign to fulfill his mayoralty aspirations.

This is an example of his current advertising;


John Morrison- mayoral advert - 19.6.2013 - dominion post

Acknowledgement: Dominion Post 19 June 2013 (scanned hardcopy)


I was intrigued at one  of the statements in  his advertisement, and emailed Cr Morrison for clarification,


Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11.00AM
From: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@yahoo.com>
Subject: Mayoral Candidacy Questions
To: John Morrison <john.morrison@wcc.govt.nz>
Kia John,
Regarding your advertisement, ‘John Morrison for Mayor’ in the Dominion Post on 19 June, you referred to ticking “2000 jobs and $800 million on offer”.

Can you clarify what you mean by “2000 jobs and $800 million on offer”?

Specifically, what is “2000 jobs” referring to?

And what does “$800 million on offer” mean?

I look forward to any light you can shed on this matter. In fairness, please note that I may use any details you provide as part of a blogpost I am compiling.

Frank Macskasy

Strangely, Cr Morrison’s election advert  kinda reminds me of other promises that right wing politicians make (and never quite fulfill),


Budget 2011 - Govt predicts 170,000 new jobs

Acknowledgement: TVNZ –  Budget 2011: Govt predicts 170,000 new jobs



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  1. 28 June 2013 at 8:16 am

    Has anyone seen our brighter futures yet?

    • 28 June 2013 at 10:16 pm

      “Brighter futrures”, Matt?

      I think it was last seen being loaded onto a freighter. Bloody guvmint flogged that off as well…

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