What's amiss with our elected representatives? Obsessed with their own hobby-horses, nice-to-haves, satisfying indulgences, and bowing to peer pressure when it suits. Revolves around chest-puffing and commitment to themselves – a narcissus-type trait and have little interest in promoting what's good for the wider community (irrelevant majority).
A prime example was the predilection with smashing down a perfectly good fit-for-purpose TCC administration building on the whim of staff pointy heads. Library, museum, Mount i-Site, convention centre, performing arts centre and stadium have all raised their ugly heads over the fiscal wall. Spend-up around $200 million plus operating expenses with the TCC ratepayers' cheque book without having control of the bureaucrats, staff numbers and wages, and frankly they don't care.
There's nothing more insane than leaving vital decisions in the hands of those who bear no responsibility or financial loss for their inane actions. Political insanity is making the same mistakes over and over again yet expecting different results. Not content with that, local politicians have an unreal sense of entitlement arising from merely gracing us with their dubious presence.
The prevailing cavalier attitude to the Welcome Bay overpass, Turret Rd widening and Route K sagas is unbelievable.
Without binding referendums or polls on all major proposals these excesses and fiscal lunacy will not be curbed.
R Paterson, Matapihi.