Labour Lite thinks they control Christchurch City Council with a 4-10 majority

There are ructions brewing in Christchurch City with stroppy labour Lite politicians trying the strong arm. Once again Christchurch politics has come to the attention of The Whale.

When Scott Brown took over Teddy Kennedy’s senate seat for the Republicans the Democrats were mocked for their gutlessness. They lost their filibuster proof majority, but still held a 59-41 majority, and being pinkos were wringing their hands in anguish.

The Labour Lite on the Christchurch City Council, and readers will understand that Labour in Drag is not really appropriate because they don’t bother with drag these days, seem to think that their 4-10 majority entitles them to control the council and the council agenda.

Controlling the agenda has meant telling the mayor they want standing committees. The likely reason is that they can’t earn money doing anything useful so they stick their hands out for more by having more council meetings. Then they want committees and committee chairs so they can control the council through controlling committees, avoiding the full council voting down any looney ideas they have.

There are several problems for Chrissie Williams and the Labour Lite mob, mainly they are 4 against 10, which they should have worked out after Chrissie got hammered by the same margin when running for deputy mayor.

The inside word from the politically conscious in Christchurch is Chrissie is going to use this term to beat up Bob Parker so she can damage him for a run for council, and that Chrissie is a well known bitch so will do her best to make Bob suffer for having democratically retained the mayoralty.

So here is some advice to the mayor and the right wing dominated councillors. Put everything to a vote. Win the vote handsomely. And if there are complaints about appointing first termers to committee chairs tell the left to piss off. In 2007 when C&R took over Auckland City Council they appointed first termers Paul Goldsmith, Ken Baguley, Sam Lotu-Iiga and slow payer Greg Moyle to council committee chairs.

The core requirement for a chair is to advance the agenda of the mayor and the council, not promote the factional interests of a 4 person ticket. The next requirement for a committee chair is competence. If that means overlooking returning councillors for new ones so be it. The precedent was set in Auckland, and Christchurch Council should look seriously at Aaron Keown, Jamie Gough and Tim Carter as potential chairs if the reelected councillors are not up to it.


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