FROM THE EDITOR
I suspect many people in the Palmerston North community will have been as surprised as I was by Monday’s dual resignations.
Discovering Prime Minister John Key’s intention to stand down from the role on December 12 was enough to leave the mouth agape. But add to that the news of City Council chief executive Paddy Clifford’s imminent departure, and it made for quite the busy news day.
Regardless of personal politics, it’s hard to argue with Key’s success in appealing to a large number of New Zealanders, while also uniting his party. The overarching public opinion of Key being a ‘‘nice guy’’ was perhaps his greatest political weapon, and one his party will miss.
Clifford did not have the public profile of other CEOs but he worked hard to right the council’s books, engaged with neighbouring councils and championed the democratic process.
Jonathon Howe, Manawatu Regional Editor