Lonsdale thought it would be a great idea to use the music of Barry Manilow to shift untidy working class teenagers out of the Cashel Street Mall. The story went global with Lonsdale denying that he had ever described Baz's music as a 'weapon of mass destruction'.
In the face of international amusement, Lonsdale quickly dropped the idea of pumping 'Mandy' and 'I Write The Songs' throughout the mall.
Lonsdale was also an outspoken opponent of Christchurch youth using an amphitheatre in the Cashel Mall as a 'Hacky Sack' venue. Long after the Hacky Sack craze receded the amphitheatre remained a popular meeting spot for Christchurch youth who travelled into the city from the suburbs.
Lonsdale supported the police view that the Hack Circle was 'a breeding ground for crime'. After smearing the reputations of youth who used the area, the police later backpedaled on that claim and admitted that only a handful of kids ever caused any trouble.
While Lonsdale loudly raised his concerns about the so-called unruly behaviour of teenagers in the mall, he showed next to no concern about the alcohol-fuelled mayhem that erupted out of the Oxford Strip of bars every Friday and Saturday night.
But then its easier to criticise powerless working class youth and rather more 'problematic' to criticise an area of the city owned by the influential Antony Gough (uncle to Councillor Jamie Gough).
Not uncoincidentally Antony Gough had pushed for stronger police presence in the Cashel Mall area claiming that the people who hung out in the hack circle were 'just scary'.
Yes, the youth might of looked and acted different - but 'scary'? The class prejudice of the Christchurch establishment was on display for all to see.
And, just like Sideshow Bob, Lonsdale has displayed little interest in the plight of the eastern suburbs. But he has had a lot to say about the proposed sports stadium / white elephant. He says it is very important that it is completed before the 2017 British Lions rugby tour.
He also has no problems with privatising public land and allowing Canterbury Cricket to build their international cricket venue on Hagley Park. He thinks that handing over public land for free to private interests is just a 'minor modification'. Presumably he also thinks its just a 'minor modification' that it will be the good people of Christchurch who'll end up paying for the construction of this venue. Is it really just a 'minor modification' that Canterbury Cricket gets its hands on public land for nothing and, to add insult to injury, the people of Christchurch get stuck with the bill for building this venue while Canterbury Cricket pockets the profits?
The chances of Lonsdale beating Dalziel are slim which Lonsdale clearly recognises himself. He is also having another bite at the cherry by standing for council as well. Indeed his bid for mayoralty may well be just an attempt to raise his profile in order to get him on to the Council.