Timaru Herald on Mayoralty

September 9th, 2010 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Timaru Herald editorial says:

Mayor ’s leadership has been flawless. His political arch rival must feel like Cinderella stuck at home while the disaster ball is in full swing.

Certainly it would be hard to imagine Mr Anderton’s case for being a part-time mayor while he continued his MP duties now stacking up as a viable proposition.

It was questionable before the earthquake, and the disaster makes Mr Anderton’s position now look nonsensical.

It is the height of arrogance for Jim Anderton to continue with his insistence that the Mayoralty is a part-time job.

An MP is required to be in Wellington on house sitting weeks from Tuesday to Thursday. This would have a Mayor Anderton available Mondays and Fridays only during the week.

I know it is a bit unseemly to be politicking so soon after the quake, but the fact is that ballot papers go out next week. There are only a few days left for Jim Anderton to renounce his egotistical stance, and announce he will resign immediately as an MP, if he is elected Mayor.

Considering the Government is pouring the best part of $2 billion into the earthquake repairs, Anderton’s insistence he has to do both jobs to save the taxpayer $500,000 is laughable.

If Jim Anderton backs down, and announces he will resign immediately as an MP, if elected Mayor, then he will boost his chances considerably. If he continues to refuse to do so, then he will have no one but himself to blame if he loses.

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34 Responses to “Timaru Herald on Mayoralty”

  1. RRM (9,841 comments) says:

    FWIW, I think your opinion that he shouldn’t attempt to do both jobs is correct; your sense of dismay that he isn’t listening, slightly more problematic.

    But I call BS on

    Anderton’s insistence he has to do both jobs to save the taxpayer $500,000 is laughable.

    If it was anyone else making that comment, (especially anyone from the political right) you would be lauding it as an admirable effort to save taxpayer’s hard-earned money. Please don’t pretend this isn’t a polemic.

    [DPF: Nonsense. I have often advocated things which cost more money, if they enhance democracy. I submitted against reducing size of Prlt etc.]

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  2. campit (467 comments) says:

    An MP is required to be in Wellington on house sitting weeks from Tuesday to Thursday

    In this day and age it should all be done via Skype.

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  3. Inventory2 (10,301 comments) says:

    Absolutely agree DPF. Anderton should withdraw, and announce that he wants to devote himself full-time towards serving his constituents in Wigram in the wake of the earthquake. He can then retire as planned in 2011 with his dignity intact and with grace, having avoided taking a towelling in the mayoral election.

    Bob Parker continues to do an outstanding job in the wake of the earthquake. Whilst I have campaigned against Anderton, I had doubts over Parker’s ability as well. Those doubts have been well and truly dispelled in the last five days.

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  4. wreck1080 (3,885 comments) says:

    it’s a part time job for Michael Laws is it not?

    I’m astounded how he can do the radio job too.

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  5. Pete George (23,481 comments) says:

    “it’s a part time job for Michael Laws is it not? ”

    There’s a difference between:
    – a city of 40,000 with not a lot to do
    – a city of 400,000 that needs rebuilding.

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  6. Tom Gould (141 comments) says:

    “Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker’s leadership has been flawless.” Perhaps, but a drover’s dog would have been the hero of the hour simply by barking in tune in a crisis such as this. He has not actually been tested yet. Mouthing soothing platitudes and repeating civil defense notices, while important in themselves, have simply shown him to be an experienced television performer and adequate administrator. If he was so good, why has John Key appointed big Gerry to oversee the recovery and make sure things get done? I think the real test for Sideshow Bob is yet to come. His saving grace is that the ballot papers may go out to empty houses all over town before they notice.

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  7. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    So, it’s a part time job if Anderton is mayor, but Brownlee can have, what, 5 jobs now? And isn’t he required to be in Wellington on the same days as Anderton? How can Brownlee possibly look after the electors of Ilam while wearing so many hats?

    Every post you make on this topic confirms that National is running Side Show Bob for Mayor campaign.

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  8. Graeme Edgeler (3,283 comments) says:

    Why do you assume that Anderton will do a half-assed job as mayor, and continue fulfilling his MP obligations?

    Maybe he’ll be a great full-time mayor and a lousy MP.

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  9. burt (8,241 comments) says:

    DPF

    WTF…

    If he continues to refuse to do so, then he will have no one but himself to blame if he loses.

    Since when do socialists accept any blame for their own actions? If Jolly Jim fails then he will blame anything other than his own actions. Self responsibility is a concept socialists cannot understand.

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  10. metcalph (1,428 comments) says:

    These sentiments of the editorial were made in the letters page of the press on Monday which prompted Anderton to write a rather crappy letter denouncing it as cheap political point-scoring. So I guess he’s not changing even after a magnitude 7 earthquake, which says a lot.

    My other issues about him

    1) He’s old and likely to last for one term. Christchurch needs more commitment than that now.

    2) He doesn’t get along well with other people. Considering the Mayor only has one vote in council decisions, if Jim gets to be mayor, he’s going to make Hubbard’s Auckland City Council look like a chorus singing Kum By Ya.

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  11. Inventory2 (10,301 comments) says:

    @ MNIJ – what a tosser you are. Brownlee was on the radio the other day saying that he had delegated a large protion of his ministerial load to associate ministers so that he could focus wholly on the Earthquake Recovery role. He’s the most senior of the Christchurch-based MP’s. If you’d bothered to take any interest, you’d have noticed that Christchurch MP’s have been cut a lot of slack from having to attend Parliament.

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  12. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    IV2, looks like I struck a nerve. Good.

    Maybe if Brownlee hadn’t eaten all the pies he’d abe a fitter and leaner man, better able to do the job.

    [DPF: 10 demerits]

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  13. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    PFFFFTTTT…it’s not like Churtown is a bustling megalopolis requiring the services of a fulltime mayor at the worst of times.

    Sheeeit…at best it’s a 3 day a weeker i could probably do in my sleep and delegate all responsibility to the little woman which is all sideshow bob appears to have done.

    Besides, when you got ‘Mine Baby Mine’ Brownlee knocking heads in the Christ city, it’s like having Jeebusus hisself descending upon the grateful masses to sort your shit out.

    Hallefuckinglujah and hide the pies i say !!!

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  14. Inventory2 (10,301 comments) says:

    You’re right MNIJ – you have struck a nerve. FFS, Brownlee was only given the role on Monday, yet you are already smearing him. Even Labour is complimentary of the job that the government is doing, but you have to resort to childish innuendo.

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  15. Tom Gould (141 comments) says:

    IV2, you raise a very good point, that Christchurch MPs have “been cut a lot of slack from having to attend Parliament.” They can avoid coming to Wellington, and stay on the home patch to help get their local area sorted out. Which completely undermines the message of this post. Anderton will be more or less full time on the recovery. As mayor, he would also be full time on the recovery. Perhaps the only likely cogent criticism might be that Wigram would get a better deal from the recovery under his leadership. Hardly a reason not to elect him.

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  16. BeaB (2,119 comments) says:

    And here am I thinking it is only Canterbury people who are one-eyed!

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  17. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    The silver lining here is that Anderton is going to be very shamed in his ignorance.

    He will just say as he has that the democratic process has to be upheld.

    There’s always an exception to the rule. He must be very curious to know the numbers of his sopport.

    I fear his support base has declined. His avarice has been exposed.

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  18. Pete George (23,481 comments) says:

    To be the most effective and cost effective Anderton should relinquish all party baubles and become an independent MP until the next election, saving the cost of a by-election. This would have a negligible effect on parliament.

    He should commit himself to working as much as possible for Christchurch regardless of the outcome of the election. And let the local body voters decide if they want a full time mayor or not.

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  19. gravedodger (1,552 comments) says:

    What several of the defenders of Anderton’s insistence that he can continue to be the functioning MP for Wigram while being the Mayor of Christchurch, are missing, is the salient fact that J A could have been in Wellington (statistically likely) When a disaster struck requiring his presence as the leader of our city and have been unable to get here.
    The other laughable fact above is the idea of Jim Anderton’s retention of his dignity. That trait has languished under his overwhelmlng sense of entitlement, selfimportance and indispensibility for so long it resembles leafmould and good only for compost along with his bullshit.

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  20. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    … the salient fact that J A could have been in Wellington (statistically likely) When a disaster struck requiring his presence as the leader of our city and have been unable to get here.

    In other words, no mayor should ever leave the city.

    have you not heard of aeroplanes, ferrys, ships, cars, trains, helicopters, even LAVs?

    What if there HAD been loss of life, and one of the lives lost was the mayor? Would we all have to curl up and die because Bob wouldn’t be on tele?

    Grasping at straws, as even blind freddy could see Side Show Bob was well fucked until Saturday morning.

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  21. Viking2 (11,420 comments) says:

    Well one must question the ability of the returning officer to ensure all residents elligible to vote will or can receive their voting papers as of next week.
    Cabinet needs to postpone this election for sometime until the region settles down again, for its not just Anderton and Parker in the firing line there will be a host of other people who have their names on ballot papers and some already working in those positions from the last election.
    Who knows how many of these people will be in a position to stand as of now? Who knows which of those people need to make a different decision based on the current situation in their lives.
    This have nothing to do with democracy but everything to do with stable leadership in times of crisis.

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  22. MT_Tinman (3,137 comments) says:

    # BeaB (103) Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    And here am I thinking it is only Canterbury people who are one-eyed!

    How did you ever get that idea?

    The left have always insisted that the right can never be correct.

    If they were to change and admit the truth they’d lose their reason to hate – and we can’t have that.

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  23. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Parker must go, not because Anderton would necessarily be a better mayor, but for the fuckup that Parker has been.

    Flower shows.

    Dave Henderson.

    The wife’s muffin.

    Lack of accountability and transparency in decision making.

    Too many secret meetings.

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  24. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    Parker must go, not because Anderton would necessarily be a better mayor, but for the fuckup that Parker has been.

    Flower shows.

    Dave Henderson.

    The wife’s muffin.

    Lack of accountability and transparency in decision making.

    Too many secret meetings.

    Bad hairdo

    Smarmy way he forms words when speaking

    Looks like a drag queen

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  25. RightNow (6,988 comments) says:

    “Bad hairdo

    Smarmy way he forms words when speaking

    Looks like a drag queen”

    Why drag Trevor Mallard into this?

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  26. gravedodger (1,552 comments) says:

    Polywog and Jack
    your list of socalled negatives for Parker include decisions made by the full Counci (Bob has one vote plus a casting)l, his personna as demonstrated by TV (I presume you would like Bob to only appear with a sack over his head and have his voice muffled) and a smear at his wife who has given three years at the mayors side for no salary and you would begrudge her a few cups of coffee.
    Aha now the pendulum has gone back to center bottom and your desperation at possibly losing the unlosable ie a last swansong for the troughmaster general is somewhat disingenuous .

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  27. Jack5 (5,055 comments) says:

    We’re overlooking the election of councillors. A mayor gets at the most two votes, but usually exercises one.

    If SideShow Bob is re-elected, and IPredict shows this is likely, he may be stuck with a Labour-majority council.

    That will be interesting.

    But WTF is the Timaru Herald doing pontificating about the Christchurch mayoralty. Let it worry about the Hubbard-SCF collapse.

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  28. Inventory2 (10,301 comments) says:

    @ Right Now – associating Trevor Mallard with drag queens is grossly unfair – to drag queens ;-)

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  29. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    Basically at the end of the day, with all things considered and all the Trevs in hearty agreement,

    Chch has Bob Parker for another term.

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  30. Inky_the_Red (756 comments) says:

    If people in Wellington, Auckland and elsewhere want Parker as their mayor then take him. Excluding the last 5 days he has been inept. I don’t want him as mayor beyond October 13.

    As for the council most of them should go to. They have run local government like a secret society. we hardly know what they support and who they propped up. Good riddance to Parker and his followers on the CCC

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  31. Viking2 (11,420 comments) says:

    What council isn’t like that. Stop moaning you southern bloody Englishmen. Once a whinging pom forever a whinging pom. Must be in the gene’s.

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  32. Inky_the_Red (756 comments) says:

    The last of my ancestors arrived from Belfast in 1903. Any actual english decent I have is similar to that of Dane, Welsh, German and Austrian and far trumped by the dominate Scottish heritage. So I take offence.

    I will use my vote to vote against both the sitting ward member of council and the inept Parker. As Anderton is the alternative to Parker then he is the better option. Parker should go as he stands against the Christchurch heritage of 1. democracy 2. public ownership and 3 community support.

    Parker and his council cut spending to community groups, cut the budget of community boards, tried illegally to raise the rent in council hoses and tried to sell the Port . Met in secret and rushed purchase of Henderson buildings at an inflated price.

    So what if appears well on media his record speaks for itself and it is poor.

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  33. Ross Miller (1,700 comments) says:

    Inky _the_Red …crap headed apologist for a trougher. Nuff said.

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  34. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    your list of socalled negatives for Parker include decisions made by the full Counci (Bob has one vote plus a casting)l, his personna as demonstrated by TV (I presume you would like Bob to only appear with a sack over his head and have his voice muffled) and a smear at his wife who has given three years at the mayors side for no salary and you would begrudge her a few cups of coffee.

    hmmm…so the council voted for him to ponce about in a platinum blonde hairdo enunciating profoundly. Muffled voice wearing a headsack would be a vast improvement from my perspective.

    I’m not begrudging his wife a few ratepayer funded coffees. Im saying he must be piss poor at his job if she has to bail him out on the work front and she probably deserves more.

    Maybe she should run for mayor and Bob can mince around at home in a floral apron and fishnets baking muffins for wifey so the tight arse Christchurch council don’t get their panties all bunched up over some trivial shit.

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