Will he or won’t he?
Stand again for local office, that is.
Of course he will … the question, which might not be so obvious, is which one?
As a variety of other local politicians have in the past — like Barbara Arnott, Christine Scott, and Kevin Rose — Lawrence Yule in his last campaign stated he would not be running for his office again.
But we all know what happens! Supposedly confronted by hordes of pleading constituents, these incumbents ultimately are ‘forced’ to re-consider, bow to their faithful followers, break their vow, and stand again.
That’s why I staunchly favour term limits for public office. The problem is too many of these characters can’t distinguish their council seat from their death bed … they linger far longer than their last fresh (which isn’t to say, good) idea.
But I digress. Back to Lawrence Yule.
Sure, Lawrence could succumb to ‘irresistible demand’ and stand once again — the fifth time — for mayor of Hastings.
And probably win again the privilege of overseeing the allocation of parking spaces on Heretaunga Street, the siting of public toilets, the size of the McDonald’s signs, and the swearing-in of new citizens.
Apart from giving BayBuzz a chance to take a whack at his broken vow, how boring … for him and for us.
Here’s a more interesting option …
Lawrence Yule should stand for the Regional Council.
1. He escapes the charge of breaking his vow.
2. He separates himself from the parochial, mostly mind-numbing, issues of Hastings.
3. Not incidentally, he separates himself from the political mantel (albatross?) of being Mr. Hastings at a time when he is determined to champion the cause of amalgamation … his avowed priority.
4. Amalgamation aside, as a regional candidate, he gives himself reason in fact to address the larger strategic issues of Hawke’s Bay … issues that are regional in scale, that the public must better understand (and could via an intelligent campaign), and that anyone aspiring to lead Hawke’s Bay to better performance must address.
5. If amalgamation and a new way of doing things in Hawke’s Bay represents the goal for CHANGE that should be sought in our 2013 local body elections, what better way — as a candidate — to demonstrate one’s commitment to that change than by shifting the objective of one’s candidacy? Arguably, not to do so sends a message of ‘same old, same old’ … just another elected officeholder who can’t let go.
6. And what’s the political downside? None. Surely after four successful district-wide mayoral campaigns, he can safely garner the 10,000 or so votes required to win a seat in the Hastings constituency of the Regional Council.
Maybe it’s just my quirky perception, but isn’t this a case of putting your candidacy where your mouth is?
Whether you’ve been for him or agin him in the past, Yule standing for Regional Council would shake up the game board … make things interesting … and, I believe, lift the debate.
Yule for Mayor — ho hum, status quo.
Yule for Regional Council — fresh dynamics, change-oriented.
Curious to hear what BayBuzz readers think.