My heart bleeds for her… oh OK, no it doesn’t

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Rates bludger Penny Bright has lost her legal battle over her house. She’s a lot like stupid Palestinians, who make all sorts of mistakes over time and then cry a river of tears when things don’t go their way. She’s the same. She refused to pay her rates, she grandstanded her claims and claimed she was an anti-corruption campaigner but never really thought about the consequences. Now she is bleating about her predicament: Quote:

Activist Penny Bright will meet Auckland Council in a final effort to keep her house.

Speaking to the Herald, the 63-year-old said she was “absolutely devastated” after a High Court ruling dismissed a plea for interim relief – meaning the sale of her home by Auckland Council could continue.

“I’m now absolutely between a rock and a hard place after the judge has ruled that the agent sale can proceed.

I’ve got a meeting at 3 o’clock tomorrow with Auckland Council to try and ensure that that doesn’t happen.

The forced sale follows Bright’s failure to pay rates and penalties for about 11 years, now owing the council about $69,000, or almost $89,000 when including legal costs.

Her refusal to pay her rates has always been about getting transparency and more accountability by those at the council, she said.

However, she was now prepared to do whatever it took to keep her house from going on the market.

If under duress that I have to apply for rates repayments, so be it. But I have to stop the sale of my house.

The stress is just too much. End quote.

She caused the stress herself with her grandstanding. Too bad, deary. I want the council to sell her house and get back the years of rates.

She should not be allowed a rates payment programme. That is just letting her off the hook.

If she wanted to ensure that her house wasn’t sold she should have paid her rates. I’m sorry to hear she is sick but, really, she has created her own situation and she should suffer the consequences.


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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.

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

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