Some years ago Mayor Shadbolt spent a week in Mt Crawford prison for refusing to pay a fine for saying “bullshit” in public. Now our intrepid hero says he wants to break the Electoral Finance Act, but can’t because he says it would be the Invercargill City’s chief executive who might have to go to jail! This time it’s Tim that’s full of bullshit.
He says its in defence of free speech, but the first set of ads featuring Tim did not break the Electoral Finance Act, only the last one that advocated a change of government. Tim is totally free to speak out and to spend Invercargill ratepayers money into the new year as long as they let him, to argue for more funding for their polytech. He could also spend their money to argue for a change of government, if he registered – so where’s the beef?
But the biggest bit of bullshit in his argument is his “firm belief” that National would do better by trade training – it was National’s Bill Birch that repealed the Apprenticeship Act in 1992, and Labour’s Modern Apprenticehip Act that has led to the spectacular growth in trade training since 1999. Tim’s got concrete between the ears on that one.