As usual Dave Henderson is blaming someone else for the the controversy that has erupted over the shonky property deal he did with the Christchurch City Council.
This time that 'someone' is the media: "I think most of it is hysteria whipped up by the media. There's no seriously intellectual discussion. In three months it will be forgotten and I'll be a whipping boy for something else.' (National Business Review, August 17.)
That's right Dave, its just one big media beat-up orchestrated by people who have nothing better to do with their time.
Meanwhile the Henderson deal has gone down like a bucket of cold vomit with the local business sector.
Local developer John Pike has comented: "It's criminal. Everyone I've spoken to is just gobsmacked. It's extraordinary. You'll be surprised how many people are outraged. They're saying 'how can it be stopped?'" (National Business Review, August 17).
Of the five properties bought Pike says: '"No one wants these properties, they're not strategic. They have all been passed over by the private sector. They've been on the market for ages."
Yet, of course, both Sideshow Bob and his right hand man Tony Marryatt have claimed that the properties had to be bought quickly just in case someone else nipped in and got them in a firesale.
Pike adds: "We're funding developments we don't need or want. I don't Know if it's stupidity or corruption. It seems to be a repeat of the Turners & Growers sale to Wellington developers under [former mayor] Garry Moore. But nothing's happened on that site in four years."
Meanwhile Henderson has a date in the High Court in a fortnight when there will be a move to wind up Property Ventures and Five Mile (which is in recivership).
Smith Crane and Construction, which began proceedings, say that supporting creditors repersented about $5 million worth of unpaid debts by Henderson's companies.
And this is the guy Sideshow Bob and his council lackeys intend to use in a 'consultancy' role! Talk about letting the fox loose in the henhouse!
Finally, there is a rumor that local businessman Tim Glasson, with an eye on liquidation proceedings, has put in an offer of some $40 million for South of Lichfield.