Alf has a sneaking admiration, of sorts, for the gall of the Wellington City Council and its great capacity for screwing its ratepayers despite their howls of protest.
A few weeks ago it was announcing proposals to extend the liquor ban it has imposed in public places in the inner city.
But on the other hand, it is planning to use public money for Rugby World Cup festivities in a posh Maori boat shed that it is helping to build.
Liquor-free festivities? Yeah, right.
The festivities might be so huge, according to one caustic account at Scoop, that the bloody waka might have to be moved out.