THE DAY LOCAL DEMOCRACY DIED (AGAIN)


The Government has broken its promise to the people of Christchurch and Canterbury and says that will  now be no new election for Environment Canterbury next year - although the people of the region are still expected to pay for its operation. What has Sideshow Bob got to say about it? He's refusing to comment - no surprise there.  But no one else on the Christchurch City Council is talking either.

The National Government has disgracefully  cancelled next year’s election for Environment Canterbury (ECan), and are  instead continuing with the Government-appointed Commissioners until 2016. It has gone back on promise to have an election in 2013.

This is a continuation of the Government's  pro- corporate and pro-irrigation agenda. The National Government  thinks that  the organisations whose interests it represents  should continue to  have free access to Canterbury's waterways regardless of what anyone else thinks.  The people of Christchurch and Canterbury  will continue to have no say in who manages  the local environment - and  how they  manage it.  There might be real problems with representative democracy but at least we had it  - now it is being denied to the local Canterbury people  but who are still expected to pay the bills for ECan.

So now  the people of Christchurch and Canterbury will have no say in the rebuilding of the city and no say in how the region’s water, coast, air conditions are managed.

This is the  point former mayor Garry Moore made  today when he commented  that central government, through the Canterbury Earthquake Authority, the Christchurch Central Development Unit and ECan's government-appointed commissioners, had taken over the running of Christchurch and is now calling all the shots, but expecting ratepayers to pick up the bill for its decisions.

"Local government has been turned into a eunuch by central government,"  he told The Press.

But what of the present mayor? Sideshow Bob has  made a  defiant stand for the people and said... he will not be  drawn into the debate.  What a gutless response but so typical of a politician  who has taken  brown-nosing  to a new level.

But let's not forget that Sideshow  actively campaigned for the sacking of all the ECan councillors in the first place.   In 2010 he said that the removal of the councillors was a 'constructive' move. So we all know where Bob stands on this - right next to Gerry Brownlee and Local Government Minister David Carter.

But its not only Sideshow Bob who is at fault here. All his councillors  have refused to comment publicly  because they claim they  need to retain a 'working relationship 'with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority  and its officials. So the people of Christchurch get well and truly done over  and all 'our' councillors are worried about is  upsetting  Roger Sutton? 

Pathetic.

These councillors need to be reminded they were voted into office and the high salaries to represent the interests of  local people. They weren't voted into office to  play footsie with  Roger Sutton and Gerry Brownlee.

1 comments:

Where is Councillor Yani Johanson these days? I had respect for the guy for speaking out on behalf of Christchurch people but now he barely says 'boo'.

He seems to have this mistaken idea that somehow speaking out will be somehow disloyal to the supposed new unity on the council. As you say he is exactly one of the councillors who need to have a hard look at themselves and start doing their job which is representing the people of Christchurch.

I don't hold out any hope for muppets like Sue Wells, Ngaire Button and Barry Corbett because they'll continue to kiss Bob's arse, but I expect more of someone like Yani.

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