A team of councillors in New Plymouth have been dubbed The Razor Gang. Good on them. They have "outlined plans to slash council spending in an effort to keep rates down."
One caused a stink last night when he ripped up what he called a bad report from Venture Taranaki Trust. He called it a cover-up. He is obviously trying to control council spending on 'economic growth'.
That provoked a response from the chief executive of the Trust, also present at the meeting; "And as far as I'm concerned, economic development is like sex - as long as you're getting it, don't knock it."
Sounds like something Cactus might say. But I am sure she would appreciate that economic development using other people's money is never as productive as economic development using voluntarily invested money. And money taken from ratepayers is money that can't be spent elsewhere.
There is sex and there is sex. Just "getting it" is a pretty pathetic ambition.
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