How to make a Right Winger spit the dummy…
… in one easy step,
The response was vitriolic, on the Comment Board at the conclusion of the story. There appeared to be a definite right-wing flavour to the virulent comments critical of Ms Wade-Brown’s trip. I re-post a few here,
Phil #1 08:40 am Mar 27 2012
Why does she not just pick up the phone and call them? Save ratepayers some money maybe? Chinese businesses like to have face to face meetings but I reckon if they want to do business internationally they have to get over it, people cant afford to fly across the world just for them, money is tight right now. In effect, business interests are being subsidized by the ratepayer.wajoh #5 09:09 am Mar 27 2012
I wonder if someone could give us the facts & figures of the success or otherwise of this junkets?anne #7 09:37 am Mar 27 2012
In times of austerity these sort of trips are a ‘personal want’ than a need,costing the rate payers dearly,there is no need when modern technology exsists. The govt and local govt continue to slap voters with the bills for their wasteful spending on needless endless trips away and social get-togethers.STOP IT NOW.Shirley #10 10:34 am Mar 27 2012
What a waste of money perhaps she can spend that money on more nessessary things for NZ – don’t tell me she is going to waste money on flying maybe she could cycle there instead !!!!Paul #15 12:58 pm Mar 27 2012
$645 of my money going towards potential business ties? Never. She should stay here and educate people on the new road rules.missy #16 01:37 pm Mar 27 2012
What a complete waste of money and time. This is what is wrong with local politics – a trip to China is not one of the CORE RESPONSIBILITIES of Council. And, what about climate change, surely the air miles are also worth noting (seeing as she is a Greenie).
Other comments were simply derogatory ad hominem insults.
But a few, who actually bothered to take the time to read the article in it’s entirety, noticed this aspect of the impending mayoral trip,
It is unfortunate that some are so blinded by their politics of enmity, that they can utterly mis-read a media report.
None of Ms Wade-Brown’s trenchant critics referred to the fact that the former mayor, Kerry Prendergast, had led a visit to China only thirteen months prior to the current mayor’s election. But then, Ms Prendergast was closely aligned to the National Party.
Unfortunately, even the National-leaning (?) Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce president, Richard Stone, was half-hearted in his support of mayoral-led delegation, with the caveat that he’d support Ms Wade-Brown’s trip “if there was demand from businesses“,
“Business delegations to China need high ranking political figures to lead them to be succesful.”
So far twenty businesses have expressed interest in the trip. So Mr Stone can sleep easy at night. So can right wing critics.
The city’s $645 will be well spent.
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