Politician of the Week II – Nick Smith

While “The member for Helmand”, Darien Fenton and Trevor Mallard and the Spokesman for the Homeless, Phil Twyford are talking up the victory of the left and the ordinary in the local body elections they also conveniently miss some out because the results don’t suit their meme.

Everyone knows my views on Daft Nick Smith and the ETS, but the local body results in Christchurch showed that despite all the whinging and unhinged lefties going on about the lack of democracy with the sacking of the Ecan councillors Nick made the right choice. The right choice at some cost to his personal reputation, and a lot of vilification amongst the looney left.

But lets look at the results:

Right wing Ecan councillors standing:

  • Angus McKay : Won the mayoralty in Ashburton
  • Ross Little: Won a seat on the Hurunui District Council

Left wing and prominent winger Ecan councillors standing:

  • Sir Kerry Burke
  • Jane Demeter
  • Pat Harrow
  • Jo Kane
  • David Sutherland
  • Rik Tindal

None got elected to anything.

So a huge victory to Nick Smith who had the balls to tell them all to f*ck off because they were incompetent. Ecan was the worst ranked council in the country, and a total disaster area. Yet if you heard the left go on about it Nick was a hellish reincarnation of Marie Antoinette, dismissive of the rights of the masses and bad for democracy.

Instead the people of Canterbury vindicated him muscling up and axing what was collectively the most ineffective bunch of disfunctional, useless troughers in the country. So good on you Nick, and maybe you could do us all a favour and crack a few more skulls among the boneheads who are mismanaging our rates.

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