The cause of the earthquake has been identified

September 5th, 2010 at 4:12 pm by David Farrar

UPDATE: Seems the Herald got it wrong, and the reference to earthquakes by Anderton was about him leaving Labour.

The NZ Herald reports:

mayoral aspirant told CTV on Friday that it would take an earthquake for him to lose the election race against incumbent mayor .

So God just filed his vote early.

iPredict shows that Bob Parker’s chances of beating Anderton increased three-fold in the aftermath of the earthquake. So Jim may have got what he claimed was necessary for him to lose.

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58 Responses to “The cause of the earthquake has been identified”

  1. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    I’m not a Christian, but if I was a Cantabrian, I’d play it safe and vote for Parker. Who knows what might happen if I voted for that old destructive socialist windbag from Wigram?

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  2. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen for years.

    Apart from the dickhead commenter yesterday talking about ChCh mayor Bob Harvey.

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  3. cctrfred (42 comments) says:

    Mayor Parker has been energetic and encouraging of the many organisations and people assisting with the earthquake and relief effort. He continues to mention the expertise of others in his interviews. He is as patient as possible with dumb questions from media outside of Christchurch. I couldn’t help thinking that Jim Anderton would not have the stamina to do the same effort, even with the best intentions.

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  4. backster (2,171 comments) says:

    I can just imagine if the number one blowhard trougher had of been mayor during this catastrophe he would have been domineering trying to control everyone, hogging the limelight , and switching everyone off.

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  5. sinned (19 comments) says:

    Bob Parker gave a credible performance as a leader in the various media interviews. The requirement to be a leader will have come up in importance for voters when deciding who to vote for as mayor and for the other council positions.

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  6. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    When South Canterbury Finance collapsed, I never thought that it would take Christchurch with it!

    Good old Hubbard the Storm bringer.

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  7. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Incredible!

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  8. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Perhaps this explains the Troughmaster General’s curious absence from public view?

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  9. reid (16,442 comments) says:

    Prime Minister John Key says while people who were insured would get payouts from the Earthquake Commission, there would be a mayoral fund to support those who weren’t, Mr Key said.

    Isn’t it good to give the mayor the opportunity to distribute these reparations and thus build himself an even more secure base than he already has. Anyone would think JK wants Jim to lose…

    “Troughmaster General” kk. Very good.

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  10. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    This story has to go global!

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  11. Put it away (2,878 comments) says:

    Every cloud has a silver lining.

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  12. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    You left out the money line DPF:

    Christchurch mayoral aspirant Jim Anderton told CTV on Friday that it would take an earthquake for him to lose the election race against incumbent mayor Bob Parker.

    The Wigram MP says is able to see the funny side of what has happened.

    Sorry Jim; there’s NO funny side to this.

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  13. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Sideshow Bob Parker has leeched on to the quake as his only hope of being re-elected. He is desperate, even against an old leftist outsider like Anderton.

    The council has gradually funnelled all power to the mayor and chief executive (town clerk in PR speak), who with a horde of council-employed or contracted journos, control information to the media. Gone are the days when we citizens could hear or read informed opinions on city problems from informed people like city civil engineers and city building and health professionals. Now information comes out of the mouth of this TV celebrity of yesteryear.

    As a Christchurch ratepayer, in the aftermath of the quake I want to know what the city engineers have to say about water mains and supply, the power line network, and the sewerage system, not what Parker and his PRs think I should know. Similarly, with the safety of water to drink.

    The sad part, IMHO, is that Bro. Key and his policy misadvisers have hitched their political wagon to Parker. If Parker gets re-elected, then as frustration and anger inevitably grows over the time it takes to rebuild after the quake, blame will go on “those National pricks” as well as on to Sideshow Bob. The reaction may be just in time for the next general election.

    If Anderton wins the mayoralty, on the other hand, the back lash will favour National.

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  14. Shunda barunda (2,983 comments) says:

    Dim Jim can’t possibly win.
    There’s no action like liquefaction from plate compaction to lose traction!!

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  15. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    And in other ‘Act of God’ coincidences… the Christchurch building that burst into flames while TV crews were filming appeared to have a Party Pill shop at street level, and a brothel on level 1 :D

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  16. Hollyfield (69 comments) says:

    I think Bob Parker has done a fantastic job in the aftermath of the earthquake. He has shown great leadership, being decisive but has never appeared arrogant. He has been calm and reassuring. To get the water and power restored to so many homes so quickly is incredible. I’m sure there will be people who will think in the coming months that repairs should be quicker, but this has been a major event. There is serious damage that will take time to repair.
    It’s also made me think today about the Auckland mayoral candidates (where I live). How would they cope in the event of a major natural disaster in Auckland? Most would not, I suspect. It hasn’t made me change my mind about who I would vote for, but it has strengthened my decision. I can’t imagine Len Brown or Andrew Williams handling a similar situation with any degree of success!

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  17. Razork (375 comments) says:

    Previously suspect at best re Bob, i am extremely impressed with his decisive leadership at this time.
    He was only 12% behind before, i reckon this could make up that 12% or move a big chunk of the 31% undecided vote his way pretty easily.

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  18. reid (16,442 comments) says:

    “I can’t imagine Len Brown or Andrew Williams handling a similar situation with any degree of success!”

    Now that’s a galloping nightmare if ever there was one.

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  19. pq (728 comments) says:

    Cruising here in Bob Katter country in Queensland, I stopped short and rang home and my friends.
    Especially women living alone are frightened. Frightened of the wake of after shocks, and locked up in curfew,
    watching cool Bob Parker on television reassure them.
    Gosh they think maybe this guy Parker does have balls after all.

    These sudden new impressions of Parker made at a time of emotional susceptibility have changed the political landscape of Canterbury overnight.

    Add to that the fact that the ‘rusted on voters’ that is those who have decided which way they vote is less than half of eligible voters.

    Add that everybody is impressed with the way the Bob [Parker ] and John [Key] arrangement is looking.

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  20. Will de Cleene (485 comments) says:

    I out-augured Jim back in August. Back on Aug 25th I had a go at the latest round of stupid drug laws, saying, “While you’re trying to ban lucrative arbitrage, why don’t you ban lightning and earthquakes while you’re at it?”

    Whaddayaknow, lightning in Wellington on Friday, coinciding with the close of Reconstituting the Constitution. Earthquake the next day. Chairman Jim is stealing my thunder.

    Then again, spring always brings the winds of change. The dice is loaded.

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  21. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    when asked whether he can do multiple roles such as constituent MP, political party Leader AND Mayor of NZ’s 2nd biggest city at the same time AND at over 70 years old, Anderton assures all that he can .. he used to be blah and blah and blah and even now works 17 hours a day .. well, if he was mayor of CHCH now, i would suggest he would be fucked .. retire Jim

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  22. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    “And in other ‘Act of God’ coincidences… “

    It was only non-god-believers houses that have been ruined then?

    Nature doesn’t discriminate.

    “I thought earthquakes were caused by Breasts?”

    Sounds like Jim A made a bit of a boob on Friday.

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  23. pq (728 comments) says:

    Jack5 (2,040) Says:

    September 5th, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    Sideshow Bob Parker has leeched on to the quake as his only hope of being re-elected. He is desperate, even against an old leftist outsider like Anderton.

    The council has gradually funnelled all power to the mayor and chief executive (town clerk in PR speak), who with a horde of council-employed or contracted journos, control information to the media. Gone are the days when we citizens could hear or read informed opinions on city problems from informed people like city civil engineers and city building and health professionals. Now information comes out of the mouth of this TV celebrity of yesteryear.

    As a Christchurch ratepayer, in the aftermath of the quake I want to know what the city engineers have to say about water mains and supply, the power line network, and the sewerage system, not what Parker and his PRs think I should know. Similarly, with the safety of water to drink.

    The sad part, IMHO, is that Bro. Key and his policy misadvisers have hitched their political wagon to Parker. If Parker gets re-elected, then as frustration and anger inevitably grows over the time it takes to rebuild after the quake, blame will go on “those National pricks” as well as on to Sideshow Bob. The reaction may be just in time for the next general election.

    If Anderton wins the mayoralty, on the other hand, the back lash will favour National.

    comment resubmitted by peterquixote

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  24. Doug (410 comments) says:

    What’s wrong with these Left wing Mayoral aspirants? Whale has a Whale of a story.

    http://whaleoil.gotcha.co.nz/2010/09/05/those-clever-labour-fellows-helping-len-brown/

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  25. Gulag1917 (915 comments) says:

    Very much doubt that Jim Anderton can enthuse the people of Christchurch with any inspirational vision.

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  26. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    pq: what was that about?

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  27. RRM (9,917 comments) says:

    Parker certainly impressed on the radio on saturday morning.

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

    So God believes in old-style centralised socialism.

    In other news, the Tooth Fairy today announced her quest to find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

    :-D

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  29. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    Jack5 said

    Sideshow Bob Parker has leeched on to the quake as his only hope of being re-elected. He is desperate, even against an old leftist outsider like Anderton.

    What a dipshit you are Jack5. Parker was on the job at 5am yesterday morning. He has shown commendable leadership ability, far more than I thought he was capable of. What have YOU done for the cause?

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  30. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Inventory2 at 9.20 asked me:

    Parker was on the job at 5am yesterday morning…. What have YOU done for the cause?

    What is “the cause”?

    The NZ Actors’ Union? The Public Relations Guild? The Bob Parker Fan Club? The Spiritualist League for the Reincarnation of Doomed Politicians? The TV Presenters’ Hall of Fame?

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  31. budgieboy (113 comments) says:

    It’s interesting for me, given that I live and work right in the heart of Chch, and am a bit of a political animal, that I have observed, either in person or on radio or TV the following (local) MP’s out and about and making an effort to connect in some way: Amy Adams, Nicky Wagner, Gerry Brownlee, Brendon Burns and Clayton Cosgrove.

    You can add to that the PM and Ministers with direct responsibilities for the situation and even my old mate Phil Goff.

    But where’s the Mayoral aspirant Jim Anderton? He must be close to being the longest serving local MP and I’ve neither seen nor heard a thing from or about him. (And trust me, his old stomping ground of Sydenham got hammered in the Earthquake).

    Maybe I am being unfair or am woefully uninformed but he seems to have been conspicuously absent over the last day or so.

    Even more interestingly, my non-political friends have commented that they didn’t feel Jim could have bought the energy the vitality or the competence to the situation that Parker has.

    But I didn’t need an Earthquake to tell me that.

    Recently a ‘community leader’ offered me a rule of thumb regarding the Mayoral hopefuls. He told me that pretty much every person that meets Bob Parker thinks he is a good bastard whereas those that haven’t met him think he is a bit of an arsehole.

    Conversely he noted that those who haven’t met Anderton seem to think he is a good bastard whereas those that have actually met him think he is a bit of an arsehole.

    Go figure, don’t you just love democracy? The next month will be an interesting watch.

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  32. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    God has spoken to Jim

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK_s5y4OnWo

    Where is Jim? Has anyone seen him?

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  33. tvb (4,417 comments) says:

    JIm Anderton flippantly thought it would take an act of god to prevent him being elected Mayor. Well, god as usual, listens to Jim and gave him his answer. God does NOT want Anderton to be Mayor of Christchurch.

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  34. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    Bob Parker has done in the last two days, yes it has been only 40 hours since all our lives were turned upside down, what he has done for the last three years, given his all and that of his wife to leading this city 24/7.
    Contrast that to what his Labour endorsed opponent, The Troughmaster General, is offering. He sees the Mayoralty as a part time job to be fitted around his representing the Wigram electorate in the Parliament, all the while running his party for which he picks up funding of some $100 k pa as leader at the grand old age of 72.
    Bob Parker is easily the best equipped to lead our City for the next three years and Jamberton’s prophetic statement on Friday confirms my long held belief in Karma.

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  35. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    @Whale, I’m sure Jim is fuming somewhere. Who does this God chap think he is? Years of deliberate snout expansion, two delicious troughs on offer… and now this!

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  36. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Nice one Whale (9.51)…

    But if you’re looking for help in your battle for freedom of speech look elsewhere than to Parker’s National support squad.

    Even with the bloody earthquake and Parker’s council army of journos and PR wizards, they have got Sideshow Bob up to only a little over 3:7 odds outsider for the mayoral race.

    That’s with old lefty Jim as the opposition!

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  37. pq (728 comments) says:

    just be careful how we think here dudes,
    with Parker comes independent vote here
    NZ NAT Govt power.
    thats the deal .
    tick here if you agree with my picture

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  38. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Couldn’t Anderton get a gig with the UN’s IPCC, or is that reserved for wheel tappers and shunters hailing from India?

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  39. pq (728 comments) says:

    there is another thing, to reclaim Christchurch and Canterbury will take three years.
    We can not reclaim Canterbury with Bob, he will take over, we have lost Regional Council already, we need an interim leader:
    Anderton will do that and he admits it.

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  40. MT_Tinman (3,184 comments) says:

    I have no idea what the fat Jafa tosser posted, can’t be bothered looking but for mine Parker has shown leadership which, surprisingly, is what he was elected to do.

    His actions this weekend has changed me from a deliberate non-voter to one who will vote for Parker.

    Anderton has not been seen which makes me much happier than I was about 04:40 Saturday.

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  41. pq (728 comments) says:

    we will rebuild christchurch, centre strong,
    christcurch, canterbury

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  42. Jeremy Harris (319 comments) says:

    Expect National to get a bump in the polls – all but momentarily…

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  43. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    Jim Anderton has been exposed this weekend. Bob Parker has fronted up, has shown leadership, has supported his staff and has pushed Canterbury’s case with central government. Anderton has not fronted, has tried to explain away his first gaffe as “funny” when to those who are homeless it isn’t funny at all, and has now talked about the “silver lining” in terms of construction jobs etc. It’s ok for US to say those kind of things in a forum like this, but Anderton is a prat for blurting it out now.

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  44. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Anderton would probably like to know if there are any other troughs to feed at. The Snoutmaster General’s office? Truffle Hunting for beginners? Excel spreadsheets with special ‘Cells and Worksheets’.

    What does he need the extra money for? What dark secret does he have?

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  45. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Funny, whenI read the headline – I had a mental image of Parakia and Jerry in sumo gear . . ..

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  46. David in Chch (516 comments) says:

    I agree that few of us are thinking about the mayoralty race after that unsettling weekend (and still many aftershocks), BUT that said, I for one have noticed Parker’s presence, have noted his generosity in noting that it was the work of the many council staff and volunteers who have made the shock as bearable as it has been. Would Jimbo have done that?

    I was on the fence before, wondering who to vote for because I didn’t like EITHER Bob or Jim as mayor. Now – Parker has shown he is up for the job when it is needed. Where was Anderton? I have seen the other Chch MPs around, both on the street and on camera. Anderton? He has been the nowhere man.

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  47. Nick Archer (136 comments) says:

    Agree David in Chch, the clean up and recovery from the quake (i.e. lot of infrastructure to be rebuilt, including strategic decisions to fix up areas that ideally maybe needed revitalisation before the quake too) will be very bread and butter issues for the next Council following the election.

    Somehow I don’t see Jim having the strategic vision to get ChCh moving and with World Cup coming up on top of that too it looks like ChCh could be busier for a while than Auckland (Super City) in terms of the money (infrastructure) and strategic direction that will be spent on it to get it up to speed again and the reinvestment opportunity (to get it right for long term future of the city).

    Despite Parker’s flaws, does ChCh need a part time mayor??

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  48. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    Jimbo will come out at some stage saying that he has been busy helping his people in Wigram. I am a little surprised he didn’t join his B Party members, Goff, Lord Burns and Carmal Sepuloni, on their photo opportunity walk through the city

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  49. questlove (242 comments) says:

    http://www.imperatorfish.com/2010/09/funny-if-true-but-not-true.html

    “So did someone just make this story up? If so, who and why?”

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  50. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    As I fled Christchurch I said to my wife “don’t look back whatever you do”.

    She never listened to me. Anybody need a pillar of salt?

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  51. willtruth (243 comments) says:

    I wonder if DPF will post a retraction after Jughead showed it wasn’t true? But I guess that would be letting the facts get in the way of a good joke.

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  52. SocialJustice (4 comments) says:

    Bob Parker is campaigning on the keeping our streets safe. He is an absolute hypocrite. Two years ago I had to contend with members of his staff conspiring with others that resulted in an arson attack on a temporary boundary fence that I erected on my property to keep out intruders. That arson attack could have become a homicide enquiry as there were young children sleeping close-by. Subsequent to that arson attack I had to contend with his staff members removing the replacement fence on two occasions. After the 1st removal I warned of legal action, and that was ignored. After the 2nd removal I warned of extreme violence towards any person interfering with my property and in the exercising of my absolute right to defend and protect my family and myself. Bob Parker was notified of those circumstances but he neglected to respond, but rather he aided those involved. After the warning of extreme violence the abuse came to an end, concluding that extreme violence is the only language those people understand.

    Around that same time Bob Parker’s staff also became engrossed in building work I was carrying out, that was exempt from obtaining a building consent and in accordance with Schedule 1 of the Building Act. That Schedule contains many examples of building work that does not require a building consent. Schedule 1 of the Building Act is in place so that property owners can carry out minor building work without any interference from the authorities, but having said that, all building work must be safe and carried out professionally and comply with any regulations. The Chief Building Inspector inspected the building work and passed no comment as to it being unsafe or unprofessional. The major reason for carrying out the building work was to make the building safe, because the 1st floor of the building only had one means of egress or one means of escaping in the event of fire. The Council approved the building work for the 1st floor in 1984 but neglected to insist on two means of egress be provided for that level. Had there ever been a fire at the top of the stairs any person within the 1st floor would have been trapped and very likely killed. As a property owner I had an absolute responsibility to ensure the building is safe not only for myself but also for everyone else who enters it.

    Bob Parker’s staff are now preparing to enter my property and dismantle the building work that I have carried out which will revert the building back to a dangerous building. I am unwilling to tolerate that, and now find it necessary to again warn of extreme violence in the exercise of my absolute right to defend and protect my family and myself, to deter the Council’s intentions, as it is clear that is the only language they understand. I also intend to lace the building with weapons that will be automatically be set off upon any interference for the event that some person may lure or force me to leave the property. If that violence does take place the street that my building is situated will certainly not be safe.

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  53. Rufus (667 comments) says:

    SocialJustice – you’re nuts. Beware the silent black helicopters that council staff travel in…

    don’t do anything stupid

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  54. SocialJustice (4 comments) says:

    If Bob Parker’s Council had overseen that the city was properly drained the residents who have suffered earthquake damage due to the liquafaction would not be in the position they are currently in. Another safety issue Bob Parker has turned a blind eye to.

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  55. SocialJustice (4 comments) says:

    Rufus – All I’m going to do is protect myself and my family, just the same as you and any other normal human being would do. It’s the Council staff who are likely to do something stupid. Interferring with any human being’s wellbeing is stupid.

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