Matthew Littlewood reports:
A Timaru district councillor is “puzzled” by council management’s refusal to link to his blog.
Hamish Fraser has been running his blog since he was elected to the council two years ago, and has even live-blogged council meetings.
However, recently he asked management to include his blog address on the council’s website.
“We’re in the middle of a representation review, which has pretty big implications for the community, particularly Geraldine, Temuka and Pleasant Point,” Cr Fraser said.
“I would have thought the more community engagement we had on this topic, the better.
“For some people, the blog is the way they interact with me. Certainly a lot of people are finding it easier to comment on the blog or email me than give me a call,” he said.
However, Timaru District Council management told Cr Fraser that it would not include the link to his blog as the “council has no control over the quality, accuracy or opinion contained in your blog”
That’s silly and stupid. A link is not an endorsement. So long as it is clear the blog is the personal opinion of Cr Fraser, then as an elected official he should be able to have it as part of his profile.