Mayor Sideshow Bob Parker has expressed his concern about the collapse of Lane Walker Rudkin and the real probability that nearly 500 jobs will be lost.

Sideshow said the placing of LWR in receivership was a 'real blow' to Christchurch.

One of the fundamental reasons that the clothing manufacturing has collapsed is that it simply cannot compete with the cheap clothing imports arriving from - principally- China.

Yet Sideshow Bob was a most enthusiastic supporter of a free trade agreement with China - and, indeed, headed off to China to witness the signing in Beijing.

Sideshow Bob claimed that this agreement would be beneficial to the Canterbury economy and urged local business to seek ways to take 'advantage' of the free trade deal with China. Bob thought tourism was an area where Christchurch and Canterbury could benefit - although he didn't say how exactly.

So what is Sideshow Bob's remedy for the LWR collapse?

The short answer is that he hasn't got one. He just 'hopes' that the receivers can 'somehow' keep LWR going. With LWR owing some $50 million Sideshow is just blowing hot air.


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