Legal eagle journalist Jock Anderson has taken a leaf out of Bill Ralston’s book. He is standing for the Timaru District Council in local body elections. Both are standing on an independent right of centre ticket. Ralston is a media commentator and PR man standing, a former liberal hero, standing for the famously liberal Waitemata ward on Auckland Council. Anderson – who has taken on the mantle of a conservative commentator – and will be be standing in the proudly illiberal capital of South Canterbury. He said that he and his girlfriend Lorraine moved from Auckland at the end of last year. He says he enjoys the area and the opportunities for keeping up his longtime hobby, shooting game.
Anderson says he stands for innovation, careful planning, community consultation, sustainable development, transparency, encouragement, progress and prudent financial stewardship. All of those things. He writes profiles for the New Zealand Law Society, writes a column for Cameron Slater’s InCite website, makes the occasional appearance on Waatea 5th Estate and is a regular commentator Larry Williams on NewstalkZB and for RNZ’s The Panel. He says he is also about to re-launch his popular CaseLoad website (www.caseload.co.nz) – saying enigmatically: “It’s time the cat gave the pigeons a hoozle-up.”