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This cartoon from 1957 sums up the nature of a lot of NZ local councils.

Councilors usually have to decide which will make their lives easier — keep the people, the Ratepayers, happy or submit to the wants of the bureaucrats: the two are often not compatible.  In the KCDC the present mayor and all present councilors except David Scott decided to opt for the latter (and we know what happened to him as a result).

Back in 2015, we recommended watching the British comedy series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister as they showed how the the civil service influences, manipulates and cajoles elected government members.