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Last week we fea­tured an opin­ion ar­ti­cle by Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lor Garry Mal­lett, who has publicly op­posed spend­ing on the Hamil­ton City Li­brary. He’s faced crit­i­cism over his stance so we wanted to give him a chance to ex­plain why he had voted against moves to up­grade the fa­cil­ity. Per­son­ally I think it would be a shame to lose a city li­brary but in a news­pa­per it is im­por­tant to give ev­ery­one on both sides of the de­bate a chance to have their say and a chance to ex­plain their po­si­tion. We hope Cr Mal­lett’s ar­ti­cle went some way to achieve that goal. Turn­ing to na­tional pol­i­tics now, and New Zealand vot­ers should be put out of their mis­ery shortly as Win­ston Peters prom­ises to de­liver his de­ci­sion on a coali­tion Gov­ern­ment in the next few days. So will it be Na­tional or will it be Labour? To in­sist NZ First should side with Na­tional be­cause it recorded the most votes would sug­gest that we’re still oper­at­ing in a First Past the Post mind­set. What com­pro­mises will Jacinda Ardern and Bill English have to make to gain Win­ston’s favour?

Lawrence Gullery

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