Amalgamation is seldom easy, just remember your family and your partner’s family when you got married and multiply that saga by at least 1,000.
The amalgamation of councils has had little success and failures are lining up.
History will probably record the event as “Baird’s Folly”.
Unless you have been there, spare your criticism and be doubtful of those in the tent making the most noise.
Regarding the “sack them all” ragers; experience is the best teacher.
Spare a thought that no councillor intended this to happen.
Consider that most of them were politicking in two smaller patches and doing okay.
Also, remember that local government is the last call in the democratic food chain and they have never had enough funds to achieve the ambitions set for them.
So, before you toss them all out, consider the experience they have gained that no others have.
They will also be hell bent on clearing their names and there is no better motivation for success than that.
Email, Feb 22
Bob Davies, Buff Point