[UPDATE 29/3/17: This article has an important update you should read by clicking HERE.]

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It is questionable whether there is any need to remind readers of the big stink that was kicked up over Easter Trading at MDC but just to play things safe please oblige me a quick recap:

There were furious flurries of letters from mobilised church groups, the Deputy Mayor’s wife and others about town who said the world was going to end, the family unit would fall apart, and corporations were coming to slaughter our pets and take our weekends away. It was all quite over the top and unfortunate.

What was fortunate in all this was the refreshing common sense decision reached by the majority of our elected representatives which saw a local government body-Masterton’s- take a step back from a bygone era of  theocratic interference in one of our 53 Sunday’s.

Still, always at the ready to drudge up something to get the crazies writing letters again the Times Age revisit things with a wee ripper:

Now, I am generally full of praise for Mayor Lyn Patterson- she plays things fair and usually with some adept PR footwork I can’t help but admire- but I think she’s let her self down with a brainfart  comment in today’s paper:

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Nice subbing TA.

“Maylor”  Patterson feels vindicated…. Hmm… let’s run that past the Philoseraptor:

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It makes no logical sense. Imagine this scenario: It was illegal to paint your face orange. Council makes a by-law- against the Mayor’s own vote- saying everyone can now paint their face orange. Hardly anyone subsequently enjoys their new found freedom, except maybe a few people who like to paint their faces orange. Would the Mayor crow “vindication”?

Well the Mayor could but it wouldn’t be based in any reality.

The question here should be what business of it was council’s in the first place.

To be fair though, this was saddled on local government by Parliament. Either way: outdated theocratic bullshit.

Who the TA article vindicates is not the Mayor but the business managers who were assumed to be evil exploiters, and staff members who had to go through the belittling ordeal of being told what is best for them from people who think they know best. Some people need to work more than others and they quite rightly now have the choice to do so.

Also on show here is that people and businesses are quite capable of sticking to the status quo without forced government intervention- thanks very much! For goodness sake, how why and when did local government decide its duties diverged from ensuring our toilets flushed, bins got emptied, and the street lights stayed on.

But such is the attitude  with the ideologues of a certain not -to-the-right persuasion… They know what what is best for you.

As an aside, a very good point was made by David Hancock of Destination Wairarapa:

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Well Mr. Hancock, you are exactly right.

Now where have I seen “economic development” and “Balloon Festivals” together on the same page? Oh, thats right. Cr. Hooker’s bio… he who wanted the shops closed on one of the largest event weekends we see here.

It seems his job delivery is stymied by his own religious beliefs.

Anyway, that’s enough out of me. Let us rejoice in how happy the Mayor is today any way:

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Enjoy the last of daylight savings everyone.