Today was the first candidates meeting I attended, hosted by the nice people of the North Shore Community & Social Services Inc. Here were their four questions that you had 3 minutes to answer.
- What do you see is the role of the new Council in Social Policy?
- Can you give us two specific examples of what you would champion?
- What do you bring to the role?
- How will you ensure the voices of local communities are heard in the new Auckland Council?
There then ensued a long list of has-beens and never was losers who have a combined experience of local body governance measured in millenium and yet they have achieved precisely nothing during their tenure and now have the temerity to be wanting to continue to foist their non-solutions ont he rest of Auckland.
My answers were along the lines of:
1) What do you see is the role of the new Council in Social Policy?
Social policy is the preserve of central government, and it should remain that way. Councils business is to provide affordable infrastructure to allow Auckland to grow, and to leave money in the pockets of rate payers, rather than tax them to fund luxuries.
The best way to help the poor in Auckland is to create a vibrant economy that has high, well paid employment, rather than giving them hand outs.
I do not think it is the role of council to get involved in social engineering, and I will not vote for any motion promoting social engineering.
2) Can you give us two specific examples of what you would champion?
Better roads (this received a cheer from the audience) and lower rates. Both of these would have a massive economic impact, with roads improving productivity and economic growth by reducing travel times. Lower rates mean more money for people to spend or save, which will have a positive effect on the economy.
3) What do you bring to the role?
A clear understanding that ratepayers money is to be treated with respect, and not wasted on causes or liberal elite hobbies that few ratepayers want.
I favour a referendum on rates, similar to Proposition 13, where ratepayers get a chance to choose whether council funds non core services.
4) How will you ensure the voices of local communities are heard in the new Auckland Council?
Through social media. I have more than five years of experience in the social media field, and I believe social media is far more effective than turning up to meetings where a very few people attend, so you tend to get the views of the minority. Social media allows those who are too busy to turn up to meetings to communicate their views without having to listen to the vocal few.
The strange and bewildered kept interjecting, as they did to Nick Kearney. One old biddy also accosted me before the meeting and told me off for the terrible thing I did on the weekend. When I asked which one (there are many), she refused to discuss it. I eventually found out it was the photo of Kate Sutton’s email. The bewildered old bag accused me of stealing it.
Now onto the substantive nature of all these greedy old people standing there wringing their hands about various different weasel words. Weasel words like “Sustainable living”, “Public transport”,”Affordable Housing”.
What all these weasel words are though is simply waffle wrapped around a supposed issue that a council should spend money on, how much depending on the particular fancy of the speaker.
But it is always a solution for “other people”. Take George Wood for example, I have stuck up for him ove the years, and the first thing I am greeted with is a jibe about crossing over to their side of the harbour. FFS George, the Supercity is about dropping all this bullshit about us and them and working together. But no, Florid George just had to keep on sniping. He stupidly abused a few people at the start until I pointed out that we were going alphabetical and W was a long way down the line and what goes around comes around, especially where I’m involved.
Then there was some mad old bat called Jan O’Connor who wanted “mental people” put in institutions instead of in the community, in other words NIMBY. Oh and “other people” should pay for keeping these “mentals” from her backyard.
Grant Gillon, dear pinko loser that he is, wanted “Affordable Housing” built on council land. This of course is weasel words. His description was of a slum, small, cheap housing all lumped together on “council land”. What he really means is small, cheap housing on “other peoples” land, not close to him.
I was hoping Julia Parfitt would show up, but no, she was obviously too busy baking or something to bother with the trifle of a public meeting. Andrew Williams showed up an hour late, and sat at the back. He didn’t even speak, didn’t ask any questions, or utter a word. He must have been at some “important council business” at a bar somewhere beforehand and didn’t want to get up and let everyone know he was pickled. Actually he is a chicken and a coward.
He busily sends out press releases accusing John Banks of not fronting public meetings and debates yet when given the opportunity, several times today, he declined to even utter a word. Some commitment he has for the people of Albany Ward. His press release, again sent out via his Council email in contravention of the Auditor-General guidelines says;
Both “no-shows” by John Banks are a clear indication that he is not prepared to face public scrutiny up against experienced knowledgeable candidates such as myself. This follows comments that a number of candidates out performed him at a several recent community and business meetings.
Well today, he was a “no-show”. He wouldn’t speak despite given the opportunity, he refused to face public scrutiny himself. The man is a little tosser full of pis and wind. The Whale fronted and Williams wilted.
Andrew Williams continues to flout electoral rules and guidelines, today again fluting them with a press release about his Family First rating. I think it is time for a complaint to the CEO of North Shore City and the Auditor-General. Any survey that put Williams at the top of the list for family values is highly suspect. I wonder if it occured to Bob McCoskrie that he was lied to, or whether there was a test for hypocrisy.
The Clown of Campbells Bay gave himself a smiley face for his attitude to liquor outlets. Obviously no points off for public urination. Which flies in the face of his stated position to “lobby the government to clarify offensive behaviour under the Crimes Act in order to prevent parades involving nudity and/or offensive behaviour eg boobs on bikes, beach nudity.” Looks like he will lobby government to ban himself.
I note too that he is willing to “R18 exhibitions”. I hope that includes “Little Andy”.
The meeting confirmed for me just how poorly residents of Albany war have been served by their previous councillors and what a bunch of completely ineffectual tosser they mostly are.
You won’t catch me using weasel words or talking about spending other peoples money with gay abandon. I call things how I see them, and as the new councillor for Albany Ward will continue to do so without fear or favour.
Vote Slater – Albany Ward