'Quid Pro Quo'
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 10:45AM
Bill Barclay

Those who understand the political dynamics that drive the fraught relationship between John Tregidga and Glenn Leach will not be surprised to hear of a well-based report following on the Unelected Economic Development Committee meeting on 16 September when JT was subjected to a degree of humiliation.

The criticism (muted!) directed at JT by Leach, and echoed by French and others over the failings of the Rail Trust to properly account, and supervise the operations of the Principal Trail Manager went down like a lead balloon. It was clear to any observer (I was the only one present!) that there would be repercussions.

The indicator of the likely turn of events, should TCDC proceed with its stated intention of withdrawing from its funding commitment to the Trust, came with JT's parting shot over the bows of Destination Coromandel regarding its similar failure to properly account in a timely manner. Touche!

There is now a strongly based suggestion that Hauraki District Council is seriously considering withdrawing from its joint (if unequal!) sponsorship of Destination Coromandel.  Whether this has been conveyed to TCDC is moot - it certainly appears to have been discussed at HDC, even if a final decision remains unenacted.

Such an outcome would not surprise - JT's contempt for Leach is palpable, and there was no way that he was going to accept the criticism that was directed at him for the failings of the Rail Trust. I suspect that he attended the meeting ignorant of the trap that had been laid. At one point he asked if media were present - I wondered at the time what he may have said had the answer been in the negative.

Again, watch this space, and don't be surprised if there are indignant denials - I am confident that my sources are impeccable.   




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