Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Hence the moves to plain packaging for ciggies and now possibly for Alcohol, Fast foods and whatever the Nazis can dream up next.
Last Friday Night, Lianne Dalziel and Paul Lonsdale came to paradise campaigning for the City Mayoralty and my Friday Night Happy Hour was rudely interrupted.
Lonsdale handed out a Business card with blue and dark red on the face side while the other mayoral candidate employed a larger card with absolutely zero reference to her tribal past.
No NZLP insignia or red coloring, just gentle pastels of green, blue and lemon and messages of inclusion and independence.
Sorry Ms Dalziel, some of us recall your 30 plus years of tribal Labour and when coupled with the reason for your slip from the cabinet table this suggested Road to Damascus relaunch. is a charade at best.
Remembering also Damascus is not what it used to be either.
The once proud tradition of the NZLP and its almost suffocating hold on Christchurch governance that led to the very accurate sobriquet, 'The Peoples Republic', might slip by the younger voters or alternatively be embraced as worthwhile but McFarlane, Manning, Pickering, Buck, Moore and now you, did not always have the people and in particular the Ratepayers as a relevant point of foundation for building memorials at no personal cost, just OPMs
You are being either devious or dishonest to claim what you can do for our rebuilding City when the legislation that dear old Sir Geoffrey implanted giving such power to the paid officials while emasculating the elected that I guess you must have supported, is going to prevent delivery of many of your promises.
I was not totally impressed with Lonsdale's Container city but allied to Ballantines survival, his actions did give a measurable bit of support to a new beginning, for that he is deserving of credit even if only for trying.
The City I remember with fondness, was built by many people using their own money, some went broke while much survived until the seismic events of three years ago triggered the sad end to it all.
Today we need as many possible to put up their own gold for the rebuild.
Leaving it to dreamers using OPMs will never be as successful as those dreamers have no, "skin in the game", a fact that does make a real difference and is so vital.
For now Ms Dalziel, you are continuing your place at the trough replete with all the perks and advantages contained therin, on a pledge to resign on the eve of the poll result. I guess if Paul Lonsdale should be revealed as a genuine contender with a chance of winning it is just possible you may 'forget' to mail that letter.
You cannot fool all the people all the time but on this occasion if enough maybe influenced, it might just work for you.
For me, had you not gone to plain packaging, it is possible you may have retained a shred of respect in your latest endeavour.
Ms Dalziel's new image?