Su­per-city myths

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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?

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