Brian Rudman could not have chosen a better headline (if he did choose it) 'Hide and Local Government Scary Mix.' For once he's right but it's the bozos who infest local government who will be scared and it's rate payers who will be smiling in anticipation of seeing their tormentors from 'the council' get their fiscal wings clipped.
The Herald would do well to take Rudman aside and suggest he desists from his vendetta against Rodney Hide. It is tiresome and will be costing the paper circulation if it allows him to keep up his puerile campaign of denigration. Rodney Hide has been elected to govern, Mr Rudman. Get used to it or bugger off with your good mate Mike Williams.
Adolf looks forward to seeing Tony Ryall direct DHBs that all people presenting at hospital A & E departments should be greeted first by an examining doctor instead of a manager demanding paper work first be completed.
Reminds me of a 1970s ABC interview with the late ex Victorian state premiere the popular and pugnacious Sir Henry Bolte.
Bolte was up from the bush for the Royal Easter Show and he was asked 'How are things in the bush, Sir Henry?' ('In the bush' is Australian for 'down on the farm.')
The reply - 'Weeell son, its the worst drought I can remember, wool prices are down, we can't get much for our lambs, the web worm has put paid to the wheat crops this year and we've had some pretty bad bush fires but, you know, in spite of all these difficulties, people are optimistic and full of hope because WE HAVEN'T GOT A BLOODY LABOR GOVERNMENT IN CANBERRA!'