In recent years, the Mayor of Invercargill has said some very conservative things, for an ex-radical protester. He seems to have tucked away his ‘stirring stick’ and adopted the mantle of an atrophying rightwinger, attacking the Clark government over many things. Shadbolt is a natural zig-zagger though and two of his recent pronouncements show that somewhere beneath that Tory-suit he has pulled on, there still beats a heart with at least a drop of red blood in it with perhaps the hint of green in there as well.
Exhibit A – (from his ‘In the Hot seat’ column)
“This week I’m wrestling with carbon emissions and I believe the answer lies in the soil which is not in a steady state, but is crying out for more carbon.”
Exibit B- (Southland Times article, “Meeting will study nuclear fallout”)
“The possibility of nuclear fallout over Southland if Australia converted to nuclear power would be discussed at the next civil defence meeting, Invercargill Mayor and civil defence deputy chairman Tim Shadbolt said.”
It’s slim pickings I know, but we’ve not quite given up on Tim yet!