Burke and Leggett disappointing
I am grateful to John Burke for taking the time to write a letter supporting the positives of his colleague, Nick Leggett, during his service as mayor.
I have only had the numerous news items which are put out by the mayor’s public relations department to go by. Nowadays they have to be treated with more than a grain of salt.
There has been a strange silence from the councillors and the Labour Party when it comes to their assessment of the present political regime and leader of the city.
Now John Burke has been ready to get stuck into me while in support of Nick Leggett.
He makes the point that the mayor argued in favour of making child poverty a priority for Porirua in one of the city council’s many secret meetings.
The questions I am bound to ask is: why did the council fail to take Nick Leggett’s advice and why was the debate kept secret and away from the eyes of the electorate?
I do not agree that the matter should be left until the economy becomes stronger.
The nation’s whiz-kid on finance, another John, declares that under his watch the economy has regained its strength.
The Biblical writer James declared that ‘‘by their works their faith will be made known’’.
Both Johns and Nick Leggett have shown themselves to be the beneficiaries of their political positions. How else can we judge their leadership?
John Burke and Nick Leggett opposed the living wage for council workers while taking mega salaries from the ratepayers for themselves.
They have no qualm about a public relations campaign costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, Gigatown.
John Burke and Nick Leggett will need to do better than their current performance to be worthy of our informed support.