Mike Hosking delivered one long hard sledge against the little ratbag masquerading as Auckland’s mayor.
In a way I have no one to blame but myself.
I, much to my surprise, have found myself increasingly agitated about the running of this great city. Increasingly I feel it is being run by idiots. Idiots and financial illiterates.
I have had little, if any, interest in local body politics before. I didn’t vote last time. I don’t think I voted the time before. In fact if I were putting it all on the record it’s entirely possible I have never voted.
So you have every right to bag me now for complaining.
Actually I am not complaining, more raising the alarm. More asking the question: Am I the only one who thinks things around Auckland Council are getting hopelessly out of control? By way of some defence, I didn’t vote in my local area because there was only one person standing.
And when it came to Mayor there was the incumbent and the New York restaurateur. Who seemed like a decent bloke but had no profile, and as much as I might have liked to vote for someone other than Len, I would never vote against someone. Voting against someone is a recipe for trouble. You might not like what’s in office, but that doesn’t mean just anything else is the answer.
People who don’t vote, then complain usually give me the shits…but I’ll spare Mike some latitude.
Anyway, having got my excuses out of the way, I am bordering on ropable over what’s unfolding around the council table. First of all shall we deal with the broken promises?
Len Brown promised a rate rise of no more than 2.5 per cent yet voted for a 3.5 per cent increase.
Len Brown promised rate rises within the range of inflation.
The council promised a maximum rates cap of 10 per cent. They then rejected that.
Hundreds of thousands of households will be getting bills with increases of in excess of 10 per cent, some as high as 40 per cent. How in God’s name is this allowed to happen?