She is being replaced by the younger, blonder (unless she’s dyed her hair AGAIN), Barbie-like old schoolmate of Walden’s, Becs ’thousand dollar an hour’ Ballard, so-called because that is the hourly rate to match her attendance record.
So unmemorable is Ballard, who has remained mute through two years of local board meetings, that I struggled to recall her name until reminded by a glance at a local board agenda. However, Barbie does have the right attributes to adorn the campaign posters of the Essentially Waiheke team at next year’s local body elections.
With the next local body elections less than a year away it is timely to consider what particular qualifications Ballard brings to the job of deputy chair based on her record so far as a local board member. Silence.
All right then let’s look at what she doesn’t do. She doesn’t attend any of the Board’s workshops where all the background briefings happen to keep the Board informed on a myriad of issues. This is where the Board makes its decisions behind closed doors ready to be rubber stamped at meetings. It’s not supposed to be this way but that is how this Board operates. It accounts for why there has been one lone vote against any decision made by the Board in two years, and look where that got Shirin Brown. Walden will brook no opposition.
Not attending workshops means she:
- hasn’t done her homework
- hasn’t got any relevant knowledge
- hasn’t read her agenda
- can’t ask intelligent questions
- can’t make intelligent comment
- hasn’t got any fresh ideas to bring to the table
She hasn’t even managed to keep the one promise she made that got her elected, a new swimming pool within three years.
In a nutshell she is the perfect deputy for Walden - a mere decoration rather like a ‘trophy wife’ who doesn’t answer back and does what she’s told, just like a fundamental Christian wife should.
Is she any use to the ratepayers of Waiheke who pay her thousand dollar an hour salary to represent their interests? No, of course not, but that’s not the point, is it.
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