An accountant had a business failure as a result of which he lost almost everything.
Many of his former clients wondered how they could trust him to do his best with their financial affairs when he’d failed so spectacularly with his own.
That’s not a bad question to ask of politicians too.
I’d have thought someone’s attitude to the public purse might also be an important consideration if they were seeking election as mayor.
If polls on mayoral elections in Auckland and Christchurch are to be believed, the majority of voters aren’t particularly worried about that.
If they were Jim Anderton’s big $100,000 trip to Europe and spa treatments charged to his ministerial credit card – against the rules, though later repaid – and Len Brown’s misuse of his mayoral credit card would put them well behind but recent polls put both are in front.
I know little about local body affairs in either city. But I am sorry that character – about which attitude to spending public money on private purcahses says much – doesn’t seem to count.