One of the left’s biggest apologists, Rod Oram, has penned¬†an article which basically forgives and encourages Len to borrow and spend and particularly for his train set and then at the end of the articles we find Oram is on the payroll.
So he gets hired by the ratepayers and the coincidently uses his weekly column to write nice things about his paymaster.
Ratepayers should be asking what this guy is paid and Fairfax should never have accepted the column and asked him to write about something else, in fact Fairfax should get a proper business columnist who actually knows something about business.
The fight is on for the future of Auckland. The choice is: a healthy one driven by ambition, or a dysfunctional one dragged down by a penny-pinching mentality.
The issue has come starkly to a head with the deliberations over the council’s 10-year budget. The decisions the council will make over coming months, guided by public opinion, will set Auckland’s course for years to come.
So far the pessimists have dominated the debate with their wildly inaccurate and irresponsible claims that the council’s finances are shambolic. Only savage budget cuts can save it, they say.
To set the record straight:
The council runs a budget surplus on operating expenses. In 2012/13 it was $246m.
Rates provide only half the revenues for the council’s $3 billion annual budget. The rest come from a variety of sources.¬† Read more »