South Taranaki Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Thank good­ness for the Taranaki Bulls. As I write this the de­fence of the Ran­furly Shield is just hours away but the way in which they won it was fan­tas­tic.

Talk about lulling your op­po­si­tion into a false sense of se­cu­rity. Can­ter­bury didn’t know what hit them when our team started to play.

An­other good thing about the rugby is that it took our minds of the in­ter­minable elec­tion. If this elec­tion has shown us any­thing it re­veals that we need to have se­ri­ous dis­cus­sions about what hap­pens when no one party has enough votes to gov­ern. 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 their party. I know, I know. I live in fairy­land.

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

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