Goodness, shock, horror! Councillor Dave Macpherson warns in his quaint phraseology of the risk of "wealthy citizens dominating council chambers" as they did back in the 1960s.
Perhaps that may not be a bad thing, given the abysmal governance performance of the "less wealthy, poor councillors" of the last decade? (Refer Audit New Zealand V8 Supercars Report, pages 9 to 11, findings 1 to 37.)
It wouldn't surprise me if, on investigation, Cr Macpherson wasn't shown to be one of the wealthier councillors of the present group, given the length of time he has been receiving remuneration as a councillor, plus all the other community activities he has been paid for by ratepayers and taxpayers.
He doesn't have to share the burden of inept governance decisions that have been made, because he does not even live in Hamilton. A question that he does not answer, in fact no-one does, is whether the city is solvent. If the city was one of those corporates he distrusts so much, the directors would have been sacked long ago.
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