Could it be that the tide has turned in efforts to save Christ Church Cathedral?
The decision that months ago seemed so robust is now a little shaky.
The combined forces of Philip Burdon and Jim Anderton, from different sides of the political aisle, could be a fulcrum for getting some leverage on the Anglican Church's seemingly steadfast decision.
Prime Minister John Key has confirmed that deconstruction of Christ Church Cathedral is on hold while the Anglican Church considers an independent report saying it can be saved.
The report is with the office of Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee. What the report says is maximum retention of the cathedral is feasible and can be achieved without any safety risks.
The Great Christchurch Building Trust chairman, Mr Burdon, says he is not surprised by the postponement and put in voting terms "this is a single-vote issue for the people who want to save the cathedral." The former MP is not holding back on what such decisions can mean for politicians. He also sensed there is some movement of what seemed inevitable. "I'd suggest now that emotions are beginning to really sharpen up. I think it would be scandalous to tear this bloody thing down."
Mr Burdon has hit the nail on the head - is backing the keeping of the cathedral just a sentimental response at a time when Christchurch needs practicability rather than emotion?
Many who are pushing for faster and fairer resolution of housing problems suggest less time and energy should be spent on one building when thousands are in need of attention and resources.
If you look at the cathedral there really is a lot left. We tend to get photos from one side, and of course the tower and other parts have gone, but the majority of the building is intact - visually at least.
The decision on whether the cathedral stays or goes can't just be made by management the Anglican church. It should be a city decision.
- The Marlborough Express