Troughing it up while his city burns

Bob Parker is an idiot. Only he would not be able to see the problem with troughing it up on an overseas trip while his city is in turmoil, firstly from ongoing earthquakes but also from his own vainglorious ineptitude and the foolishness of his CEO. Things aren’t helped either when the Mayoress posts the article on her Facebook page as a sort of in your face “nyah,nyah,nyah, I’m going on a trip” attitude.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker will take part in a two-week tour of Asia less than a fortnight after a Crown observer was appointed to monitor the city council.

Parker said he was comfortable that his absence would not have a significant impact on the council, despite saying last week that the organisation was “standing on the edge of a precipice”.

Local Government Minister Nick Smith said last week that he had appointed former Nelson mayor Kerry Marshall as a Crown observer to monitor the council and report back to the Government.

The move followed criticism of the council’s performance and calls for Government intervention.

Parker and wife Jo Nicholls-Parker will leave next Tuesday for a tour of several Asian countries, including China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

The trip has been organised by Christchurch International Airport to encourage more airlines to visit the city.

Airport chief executive Jim Boult said the airport had invited Parker and his wife to take part in the 15-day tour last year, after planning started in mid-2011.

Boult said the couple’s presence had helped the airport to “get in some doors we would otherwise find difficult to get through”.

How about Bob just stays away and doesn’t come back.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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