Since when did having a couple of late evening drinks and a public piss on the way home constitute grounds for resignation from anything?
It’s hardly grounds for anything, let alone news. Who among us can't say they haven't done the same, and wouldn't again?
And why not? A few drinks after dark and a piss against a tree when you’ve finished is hardly as bad as, say, dismembering New Zealand’s major city, now is it.
So frankly, the attacks on the North Shore mayor Andrew Williams for doing what we all do looks like something of a beat up—especially when the rag this “news” appeared in is the Sunday Star Slime, and the group of Andrew Williams’ critics seem for the most part to include that group of people firmly focussed on dismemberment.
It makes you wonder what sort of opposition from Williams those Super Shitty advocates doing the beat up are expecting?
UPDATE 1: Oh for fuck’s sake. Bloody Farrar is now drawing little maps showing where Andrew Williams walked, and “what many may not know … that he would have actually walked past a set of public toilets” !
Get a bloody life, David.
UPDATE 2: Take note that the rag in which this “revelation” first featured was the the Sunday Star Slime (a tabloid in all but name), and the alleged journalist running the story is a muckraker from way back, was sacked by TVNZ for stalking another TVNZ presenter, Mike Hosking, went on to set up a website that purported to expose celebrities doing whatever celebrities do, and was most recently to be found sneaking into Eden Park posing as a terrorist (satirised so deliciously by Chris Keall at NBR). Oh, and in a previous life was best known for spying on his now employer.
UPDATE 4: Colin Espiner writes on ‘Fear and loathing on the North Shore’:
“I've seen a few hatchet jobs in my time covering politics, but this one takes the biscuit.
“Let me say right up front that I'm no fan of North Shore Mayor Andy Williams. He's bombastic, opinionated, shoots from the lip, and makes as many enemies as he does friends. A bit like Auckland Mayor John Banks, actually…
“But of the stitch-ups, of all the nasty, low-down, personal vendettas, of all the naked, backstabbing, below-the-belt, shin-kicking attacks, the orchestrated beat-up on Williams has me almost feeling sorry for him.”
“Embattled Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has refused to resign, amid claims he is drunk with power…”
And Ruth states the obvious:
“This Williams fool is far less a danger to the populace than Hide.”