It took Socialist Mayor Len Brown and his bunch of fellow travellers less than 50 days to renege on their 'hand on hearts - carved in stone' election promise to hold Auckland City rates to the cost of inflation or below.
And as part of their 'austerity' programme we see that Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse has been awarded a 50% salary increase from $80k to $120k per annum. And this for attending all the functions that Len Brown wouldn't be seen dead at.
Penny Hulse just wouldn't happen to be a fellow left winger ... would she?
Why is it that socialists and troughers are inexorably intertwined?