Not al­ways the case

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


Mr Sut­ton, PCC’s man­ager of en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, claims the coun­cil in­sists on signs il­le­gally erected by coun­cil­lors be­ing taken down [KMN, Novem­ber 13].

His­tory shows this is not al­ways the case. A 3x6 me­tre elec­tion sign erected by Cr Kelly on Aotea land for the 2010 lo­cal body elec­tions breached the District Plan, and was not ex­empt from com­ply­ing with sec­tion 9 of the RMA be­cause the ex­emp­tion only ap­plies to signs less than three me­tres in area. Cr Kelly breached that limit by 600 per cent.

At the time I made Mr Sut­ton and his col­league Adrian Ramage (man­ager of re­source con­sents) fully aware of the cor­rect statu­tory in­ter­pre­ta­tion, which they ig­nored.

Coun­cil staff un­der­took no ac­tion to re­move the sign.

I can only guess why coun­cil staff chose to take no ac­tion chal­leng­ing an in­cum­bent coun­cil­lor.

Eco­nomic faith seems to have been dis­con­nected from po­lit­i­cal ac­tion he states, in other words the government should em­ploy them and the corol­lary to that would be to print the money to pay them as ad­vo­cated by the Greens and their ilk, but all this type of so­cial­ist mis­man­age­ment could only lead to bank­ruptcy and eco­nomic chaos.

The real so­lu­tion is to find work­ers to fill jobs not the re­verse ac­tion. How­ever, with es­ti­mates that claim 20 per cent of chil­dren leave school with­out pass­ing the ba­sic re­quire­ments of lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy is there any won­der that 7 per cent are un­em­ployed.

Then he comes to the ques­tion of who is best suited to con­trol Amer­ica, the Repub­li­cans or the Democrats for their eco­nomic skills, and goes on to ap­plaud Obama, but surely Amer­ica is in a worse po­si­tion to­day than it was four years ago with over 8 per cent job­less as a re­sult. The only per­sons qual­i­fied to run a busi­ness are those ex­pe­ri­enced in run­ning a busi­ness, not the arm­chair sci­en­tist types who imag­ine they un­der­stand the prin­ci­ples of all sciences, but in fact are not able to run any­thing and it oc­curs to me that Gor­don Camp­bell is just one of those. Cap­i­tal & Coast DHB re­sponded to Dr Kieboom’s col­umn last week, claim­ing there is yet to be a pro­posal on cut­ting the af­ter­hours and ser­vice and re­plac­ing it with paramedics, it is at the ‘‘con­cept’’ stage – Ed­i­tor.

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