Rodney Hide: Why wasteful councils have every reason to be running scared

Rodney Hide: Why wasteful councils have every reason to be running scaredWasteful spenders of public money in local government should be feeling scared. I’m sure columnist Brian Rudman would agree with that – especially in these difficult economic times, when prudence should take absolute priority over… [NZ Herald Politics]

Rodney Hide lays down the gauntlet for wastrel and spendthrift councils. It is clear and unequivocal. He even has a subtle dig at Brian Rudman who seems to be running some sort of vendetta against Rodney.

Wasteful spenders of public money in local government should be feeling scared. I’m sure columnist Brian Rudman would agree with that – especially in these difficult economic times, when prudence should take absolute priority over excess.

He and I generally agree with those leaders of local government in New Zealand who believe that the desire to further community wishlists should be tempered with recognition that ratepayers’ purses are not an endless money tree.

I have to say in response to the November 26 headline “Hide and local government a scary mix” that the heading was absolutely correct as it applies to rooting out those practices that lead to needless expenditure.

Rip into it Rodney and prove the mealy mouthed detractors wrong.

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