While it’s hard to fathom what Martin Gregory’s mishmash of opinions on the amalgamation debate (June 23) add up to, it is not difficult to explode the myths he raises.
First, the proposal did not mean the abolition of the district level of local government in the various areas.
It is sheer fantasy to assert that the National Party as such wished the proposal to succeed or that it appointed a ‘‘clearly biased Local Government Commission to front the amalgamation crusade’’.
I lodged a written submission and also appeared in support of this before the commissioners. I was preceded by three submitters, all of whom were against the proposal, but like myself received a very patient and courteous hearing.
Finally, Martin Gregory is unfairly miffed that Ken Douglas and Nick Leggett, both Labour figures, as he describes them, should have backed a so-called reactionary Tory policy.
Does he not realise that these two public figures, like the rest of us, are entitled to their own views on the matter: isn’t that democracy?