Ever notice how all this Tory rhetoric about “personal responsibility” goes right out the window when push comes to shove? Personal responsibility is always for other people. When they stuff up it’s all about denial, obfuscation, and blaming someone else.
Hide keeps distance from IT blowout
Super City reporter Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says there is nothing contradictory about a promise last year to build a new Super City computer system for $126 million and the final bill of $576 million.
I can help you out there Rodney! The contradiction is $576 million – $126 million = $450 million. That’s a $450 million contradiction that is going to sock Auckland ratepayers right in the wallets.
At no stage in the Herald article or in a May 27, 2010, press release on transition costs did Mr Hide mention the long-term IT costs, which were presented to Auckland councillors behind closed doors this month.
Making matters worse for ratepayers, the council has only budgeted $150 million for the $450 million cost over the next eight years. This has left a $300 million shortfall that will have to be borrowed or paid for from rates at a time of economic hardship.
If Hide had a shred of personal responsibility in him he would resign for this fiasco. Fat chance. Aucklanders won’t even have the satisfaction of kicking him out at the election. But they can still kick out the arrogant government that steamrollered all over the city, with no regard for good process or public opinion.