Good advice from Bill

August 12th, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Fran O’Sullivan writes:

Asked how Auckland ratepayers could make sure their flash new council doesn’t go spending too much on big projects, English replies, “Don’t elect a mayor who is nuts for a start.”

What excellent advice.

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29 Responses to “Good advice from Bill”

  1. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Yeah, especially look out that he doesn’t start proposing crazy schemes like bike tracks and things.

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  2. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    The dipton dipshit strikes again…yeeeeehawwww!!!

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  3. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Whereas Banks wanted to build One Road To End Them All through Meadowbank, surely the good folk up there won’t mind being moved.

    Look how well that worked out.

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  4. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Trying to recall which Olympics it is that Banks suggests Auckland puts in a bid to host.

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  5. fruitshop (45 comments) says:

    they’re all nuts.

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  6. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “they’re all nuts.”

    The voters or the candidates?

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  7. malcolm (1,952 comments) says:

    Any advice from Bill on how to ensure your flash new government doesn’t go wasting money and NZ’s future on welfare and vote buying (e.g. interest-paid-by-others student loans)?

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  8. Tinakori (67 comments) says:

    Hardly helpful Bill, given the nutty display of the three main contenders in recent years/months. Each has the stability of a Russian Tzar. Lucky old Auckland, pity about the rest of the country though.

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  9. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Fruitshop is right, all the candidates are a couple of latees short of a snobby jafaland cafe.

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  10. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    We should all be thankful Jim Anderton lives in Christchurch.

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  11. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    Trying to recall which Olympics it is that Banks suggests Auckland puts in a bid to host.

    Compared to Len ‘Whack a face’ Brown and Andrew ‘Piddles a lot’ Williams, Banks is sane by comparison.

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  12. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    We should all be thankful Jim Anderton lives in Christchurch.

    I’d be more thankful if he lived in Mongolia.

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  13. Sam (502 comments) says:

    They should be asking bright-ideas-Rodney about this, not Bill, after all, it is rodney who has given us this spectacular-about-to-supernova-situation that this ‘supercity’ is destined for.

    I can’t wait…

    Hopefully this will end Rodney’s political career.

    Bevan – Chch/Mongolia – not much between them in terms of relevance to NZ ;)

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  14. Right of way is Way of Right (1,122 comments) says:

    Good advice so far, but that would mean having a candidate who isn’t nuts, surely?

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  15. Pete George (23,591 comments) says:

    Non-nuts may be thinking hard about the risk involved in trying to lead the first incarnation of the supercity.

    There’s still a week or two to go before nominations close, either buy a lotto ticket or hope there is some outstanding candidate just waiting just biding their time while the three stooges keep defeating themselves. A late strong candidate would make a major impact. It would be like an eagle landing atop a tree full of monkeys.

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  16. Fale Andrew Lesa (473 comments) says:

    Yeah lets host the Olympic Games and hope the tourists don’t see our public transport woes, our South Auckland ghetto, our poor infrastructure and so fourth.

    John Banks is sane I tell you!

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  17. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    Well anyone who uses his council credit card to buy is groceries and to celebrate birthdays at swanky restaurants is hardly to be trusted on big spending projects either.

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  18. unaha-closp (1,165 comments) says:

    Message to Bill, us Aucklanders will make our own spending decisions thanks very much and you lot south of the Bombays will foot the bill

    Us Aucklanders never need to worry about overspending ever again. Auckland as a supercity will be officially “too big to fail”. When Auckland encapsulates 1/3 of the electorate, political reality will mean that the rest of NZ will have to bail us out every time.

    Once upon a time it would have been possible for central government to handle the debt ridden nature of a town/city/province by enforcing a bit of austerity or even take over an incompetent board. But they won’t be able to piss off us, any Wellington government that makes us suffer (even as the result of our own council’s mistakes) will be voted out of office.

    So Bill just get your cheque book ready…

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  19. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Elect a Mayor who’s not nuts? Brilliant advice. Where was he when the good citizens of Wanganui needed to hear that years ago? ;-)

    It is rather surprising that no moderate centrist candidate has emerged from the pack to steal the votes of the mixed nuts though. A reasonably high profile fiscal conservative without Banks’ tendency for controversy and without his link (whether justified or not) to Rodney Hide would carve a large vote from him and wipe up all the “anyone but Banks” voters contemplating Brown.

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  20. OTGO (557 comments) says:

    Auckland needs a mayor who “has” nuts not who “is” nuts. And on that basis John Banks gets my vote.

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  21. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    Well we couldn’t have Steven Joyce. $2 Bill on a road to the foot of the Brydywyns’s really is a nutty idea.

    PS Tell Bill Aucklanders can do maths and make their own minds up.

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  22. Tinakori (67 comments) says:

    Can’t think why Winston doesnt add his name to the mix.

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  23. Banana Llama (1,043 comments) says:

    Auckland “Supercity” is going to be like herding cats and the best advice given is don’t vote for crazy folk.

    I am going to laugh my ass off when the current lot of incompetents run this city into the ground and wellington is left holding the can.

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  24. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Whichever one you jafas get, you deserve him.

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  25. lastmanstanding (1,297 comments) says:

    Ahhh Its time for my regular post here and elsewhere every central or local election.

    As my ole dealy departed grandaddy said

    Before they vote they must pass an IQ test and a political knowledge test.

    Reason So we dont get the dumb voting for the stupid

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  26. Jeremy Harris (319 comments) says:

    On November I get a choice between, dumb, dumber, dumbest, Penny “pay for my water” Bright, a gay P addict actor and a WWJD landlord…

    We’re screwed… :)

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  27. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    I feel sorry for the rest of New Zealand. It’s very important the bloody Jafas get it right because like it or not we rely on these turkeys. Considering what these townie tossers are voting for I don’t believe they should trusted with making the right decision. Politics and personalities from Dorkland have proven time after time that they run on their own self interests, it’s time for someone with common sense, the rural sector should be running that cesspit. Time for common sense.

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  28. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    How about the same test for the candidates Last?

    That might thin the options out.

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