Burke and Leggett dis­ap­point­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.

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