Alf is anticipating a bit of a hullabaloo from a raft of community groups that need weaning off government handouts.
The buggers are complaining today about the Government’s cutting $1.5 million from the Community Organisations Grants Scheme and giving it to four areas of its choosing.
Just imagine their chagrin when they find out about the $650,000 for rugby parties the Government is handing out in Christchurch.
More specifically, according to the Ministerial statement, the dosh is for a new temporary entertainment and performance events village to be set up in North Hagley Park.
The money will be ladelled from the Major Events Development Fund, according to the announcement today from Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Acting Economic Development Minister David Carter.
This is bloody good politics.
Christchurch needs cheering up after being constantly shaken up, and the poor buggers will be missing out on the Rugby World Cup matches that had been scheduled for their city before the earthquakes scuttled those plans.
The community workers who are being starved of funds are bleeding hearts who probably vote Labour.