While the good people of Christchurch struggle with the Earthquake Commission, insurance companies, Fletcher Challenge and Gerry Brownlee, Mayor Sideshow Bob gets a pay rise...
Displaying more remarkable political 'leadership' in a city where so many people are struggling , Mayor Sideshow Bob has decided that he desperately needs his $2,500 pay rise. Which means he will be struggling on just a basic salary of $171,000 per year. Which makes him the second highest paid mayor in the country, after Auckland's Len Brown.
Of course that's just Sideshow's basic salary. He also picks up another fat wad for being a director of Christchurch City Council Holdings. In 2011 the double-dipping Parker picked up a cool $35,000 - along with councillors and fellow double-dippers Sue Wells, Barry Corbett and Tim Carter.
And let's not forget that Sideshow also has a generous expense account - to pay for such 'essentials' as coffee with his faithful right hand man, 'Tony' Marryatt.
Sideshow, rolling around in his big vat of cash, tactlessly told The Press: 'I don't sit around thinking about my income'. Such a carefree attitude can only come from someone with a bloated bank account.
Clearly Sideshow isn't getting the extra cash for representing the interests of the eastern suburbs - who he long ago abandoned to the wolves of 'the market'.