On the Paul Henry show on TV3/Radio Live this morning, Michael Barnett was asked whether he considered the ‘super city’ was a success or a failure and he replied that it was a failure. Micheal Barnett posted ‘diplomatic’ comments here.

This is a telling condemnation, as business was one of the major reasons for support of the Wellington ‘super city’, which was dropped by the Local Government Commission in June.

The reasons can be simply stated as those that we have given in earlier posts this year — super bureaucracy by bureaucrats remote from the people they administer, an all-consuming focus on the central business district to the exclusion of the rest, and (naturally) super taxes (rates).