For the second time in a week aspiring National Party leader Amy Adams has had an absolute shocker. She was going to let Len Brown stitch her up on Monday, and now she has imposed a dictatorial regional council on Canterbury.
Pinko makes a sound case for why this is a bad decision.
I’ll leave the finer points to him and point out that is a seriously flawed decision from Amy Adams because if there is one thing that pisses off tree huggers and lefties and their fellow happy travelers it is removing democracy. Amy has just given them all a big reason to hate her and campaign hard against her. This will be bought up again and again through out her career, and they will compare her to dictators all over the world.
It is hugely ironic that while we point the finger at Fiji for being undemocratic and not conforming to our finger-wagging we have the government by decree almost doing the same thing to the people of Canterbury.
This week has convinced me Amy Adams has a political tin ear. Or she is a bit short in the brain department. Either way it has been a career defining week for her, and not in a good way.
Once can forgive Gerry Brownlee for his form, after all he has had a lifetime of this sort of behaviour, right from the time at St Bedes when he was the coach of the rugby team and conducted practice from the warmth of his car accompanied by pizza, bellowing orders across the carpark at the team on the field.
I don’t think the case for continued halting of democratic processes for the Regional Council has been made.