What about the rail or swimming pool users Len?

Conor Roberts has been on holiday so Len Brown comes up with a politically terrible strategy to enforce user pays…on dog owners, breaking the rule you don’t piss off dog or cat owners if you want to win their votes.

Auckland Council is proposing a rise in dog registration fees, to fund its spending on managing dogs in the region.

Dog owners now pay $104 annually, which is set to increase to $160.

The council says ratepayers are subsiding the $12 million spent on managing dogs throughout Auckland.

It’s proposing that 80% of those costs should be be recovered through an increase in dog fees.

However the plan has caused a backlash, with a Facebook page already started by disgruntled dog owners.

Hopefully Len can take this a step further and start calling for users of public transport, the art galleries and swimming pools to stop bludging so he can reduce rates by removing subsidies.

Imagine how much better off we would all be if the same rule applied to all areas of council subsidy with users paying for 80% of the costs of everything.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.