National have shown just how much they care about the East by confirming that the strongly opposed Aranui Super School will go ahead as planned. With rumours around about who they might run in the Christchurch East by-election, this would indicate just how seriously they are taking it. Who wouldn’t want to be a new candidate, going around churches and community meetings, having to defend the government’s ideological crusade to close schools for poor people? Or maybe they are exacting their utu on Aaron Gilmore, by riling up the electorate before throwing him into it? But seriously, they won the party vote in the East last time, by quite some margin. They could win this, if they put up a decent candidate, and threw some bribes at the electorate. But closing down schools and experimenting on the children ain’t gonna help anyone.