It's another year of Mayor Sideshow Bob for the good people of Christchurch. It's not something that most of us are looking forward to but we take solace in the fact thatthe passing of each day draws us closer to that great day when we can boot Bob and his right wing 'independent' cronies off the Christchurch City Council.
Sideshow writes - or more specifically his press officer Diane Keenan ghosts it for him - a weekly column in the Christchurch Star.
Just last week Bob told us he was looking forward to 'another successful year ahead'.
Another successful year?
In 2008 he got rapped over the knuckles for trying to put council rents up by a massive twenty-percent. He also angered most of Christchurch when he gave his mate Dave Henderson $18 milion for five over-priced buildings. And Bob is also not trying to talk about budget blowouts for the new council mega-offices. And, of course, Sideshow - despite saying he wasn't going to take sides - came out in support of the murderous Chinese regime and its crushing of the Tibetan rebellion. Sidehow Bob (and the odious councillor Barry Corbett) were in China on a nice little ratepayer-funded jaunt at the time. Sideshow Bob - from Beijing - blamed the 'western media' for not telling the full story about what was happening in Tibet.
It hardly seems like a ripsnorting 'successful year' to me but - surprise - none of the above are mentioned in Sidehow Bob's self congratulatory column. It's as if none of the above ever happened! Bob seems to be residing in some weird world where all his disasters and blunders are coveniently airbrushed out.