My intent is to foster a debate as much as to express my own, personal opinion on the matter. But yes, I believe that Sam Lotu-liga should resign as either the Auckland City Councilor for Tamaki-Maungakiekie, or as MP for Maungakiekie. Holding two such offices simultaneously does have some historical precedent, but does anyone really believe that any human being is up to the task of fulfilling both jobs?
Sam did make it clear during the election period that if elected, he would continue as Councilor. He also made it clear that he would donate his Auckland City salary to charity. That is all very laudable, but it still doesn´t answer the legitimate question of whether the interests of the people he is elected to represent are being served.
I am close enough to the corridors of power to recognise and acknowledge the mammoth workload of the vast majority of MPs of all parties. I think they deserve every penny that they are paid. Only a few MPs from the big caucuses are left to wallow without workload and it is often not their fault.
Sam is tipped as an up-and-comer within the National Party ranks, so I hardly expect him to suffer the kind of workload exile that Bob the Builder suffered during the last term. But only that kind of exile would leave Sam free to serve the City Council with any kind of focus and energy. (Never mind family pressures) It´s a bad look for him and a bad look for the Citizens and Ratepayers majority on the council that they fear a by-election so much that they would consider continuing with such a farce.
My two cents? Sam should resign as Auckland City Councilor. What are your thoughts?