North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

The weather may be de­press­ing but there was noth­ing de­press­ing about the Taranaki Bulls rugby team last Fri­day night. What a spec­tac­u­lar come­back from 7-31 down to win 55-43. It was up there with the best of Ran­furly Shield chal­lenges. What­ever hap­pens against Manawatu we would have to go a long way to see a bet­ter Shield game than that.

In di­rect con­trast to that eu­pho­ria has been the de­lay on the fi­nal de­ci­sion about the gov­ern­ment. MMP was sup­posed to stop this I won, you lost sce­nario. I have no time for ei­ther side claim­ing they have a ‘‘man­date’’. That is ar­rant non­sense: Labour only got 37% of the vote, which hardly re­veals wide­spread dis­sat­is­fac­tion and Na­tional’s share of the vote dropped. It’s time politi­cians talked to each other about what was best for the coun­try rather than the party.

I know, I know. I live in fairy­land.

Fi­nally, more good news. now has 500,000 mem­bers. That’s half a mil­lion peo­ple who know how to in­ter­act cour­te­ously.

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