If ministers misbehave they can be sacked.
There is no ability to do that for a mayor and Watching Brief has a proposal for legislation to change that:
. . .The Minister shall introduce legislation as a matter of urgency providing for the recall and subsequent new election for any elected local government position.
The legislation will be drafted to achieve the following objective;
To allow voters recall a politician if they get the support of at least 10 per cent of the people who voted in the last election. The politician would be removed from office and a by-election would be held. The recalled politician could still run as a candidate. . .
Len Brown’s behaviour and refusal to resign has highlighted council and public impotence in the face of serious transgression by a mayor.
Watching Brief’s proposal should be taken seriously.
It could be called the Brown Law after the man who has shown such legislation is necessary.
Pending that – there is a petition calling on the mayor to resign.
My political bias and personal antipathy to most of their flagship policies won’t let me say it’s been good to know Helen Clark and Michael Cullen.
The ODT has a more balanced view and says they were two of Labours most effective post-war politicians.
I can’t disagree with that but I do take issue with this:
New Zealand has particular reason to be appreciative that, unlike so many other countries, its leaders have not been corrupt.
Both Clark and Cullen must have been involved in the decision to spend taxapyers money on the pledge card, both were involved in legislation that retrospectively validated their actions, both clung on to Winston Peters and voted against the select committee’s censoring of him.
That may not rate as corrupt on the Mugabe scale but it is a serious lapse of standards for New Zealand.
The paper notes that their departure leaves a vacuum in Labour’s leadership. A point also made by Watching Brief:
We have a PM in John Key who knows how to emasculate the opposition; first Clark and now Cullen exiting (as is only right) stage left from the political scene.
John Key has now exposed what is left of Liarlabour MP’s as a complete and utter motley bunch.
The return to Opposition after a long run in power is never easy and the exit of strong leadership leaves successors in a very difficult position when those within and outside the party see their role as transitional.
It must be particularly hard for Phil Goff to keep a firm hand on the party’s tiller when he’s got two or three wanna-be leaders in his caucus and another as president.
What to do when you suspect adultery at Monkey with typewriter.
Sceptical housewifery at In A Strange Land.
In praise of the eloquent insult at Not PC.
Spider du jour at Half-Pie (anachrophobics shouldn’t follow the link).
TVNZ. . . What to do at Watching Brief (sound like a good idea to me).
You have to be joking at Frenemy.
Sentence of the day at Quote Unquote.
A new study has revealed that if you don’t eat you’ll eventually die at Laughy Kate.
Fonterra Blues at Quote Unquote.
Drug companies vs doctors at the Visible Hand in Economics.
Only Turn Left at Watching Brief.
On the dismal science at Anti-Dismal.
I think I get it now from The NZ Home Office (a new blog which has joined my list of regular reads).
The teacher robot at Lolly Scramble.
The reinstatement of titular land titles at Pundit.