I just noticed this post from a blog called Against the Current suggesting that the reversal of Christchurch City Council's rate rise on its social housing is a 'great victory for Christchurch'.
I'm not sure how. A small number of people benefit from lower rents as their flats slowly descend to slum status. A large number of ratepayers are left footing the bill, and worrying about what is to come.
Social housing is not the preserve of local councils. Local democracy is far too shallow, too cosy and (dare I say it?) corrupt to be left with this sort of thing. I suppose it is a tribute to the councilors that they voted for the rent rise, twice.
Obviously, social housing is too much of a risk for ratepayers. Once social housing takes hold, even in the tiny amount that exists in Christchurch, all the poverty action socialist types sink their fangs in and milk it for all it is worth.
I should also point out that 'Sideshow Bob' is a silly name for Mayor Bob Parker. The mayor's name on The Simpsons is Mayor Quimby. Sideshow Bob is a different (and very minor) character.