A week is a long time in politics. Last week Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan was sounding like some Old Testament prophet of doom and a week later the message seems to have softened considerably.
The issue came into sharp focus when Kapiti Mayor Gurunathan announced on Thursday that Council had voted to allow Easter Sunday trading.
Last week the mayor said the must-have mania called shopping is an addictive ritual and the shopping malls are the new temples erected to the god of Mammon – a religion based not on need but desire. On that basis he said it can be argued that those who support Easter Sunday trading are foisting their religious beliefs on others.