The ODT has said it will not print this article in its proposed Vanderview column. What can you do when people do not want to know?


Debts in the City


For a long time in history it was held that “drink is the curse of the working class”.

Recently, with much greater prosperity and the invention of leisure time in supposedly first world countries, the saying has morphed to “work is the curse of the drinking class”.

Now in a new age where mass production has decimated the cost of everything except bureaucracy, debt and its bureaucratic driver has become the new curse of all classes in most countries.

If it isn¹t your own debts that are a curse, it is the debts which your local government or your national government have raised on your behalf.

The full column is posted on the Rejected Letters page.


About Lee Vandervis

My name is Lee Vandervis and I was born in Balclutha 60 years ago to Dutch immigrant parents who ran a successful building contractor business. I have been passing Dad nails since I can remember and I learned to swing a hammer usefully early in life. My parents always pushed the values of thrift and a broad education. At Otago University I gained a BA in Philosophy before going to London for 5 years overseas experience, working in electronics manufacturing and rising to Production Manager of Midas Audio UK, building mixing consoles for musicians like Stevie Wonder, Supertramp and Pink Floyd. I returned to Dunedin in 1981 to have a family and set up Vandervision Lighting Audio and Video, making it Dunedin’s largest lighting hire business, and restoring heritage buildings like Dundas st Church and 401 Moray Place along the way. I sold most of my business interests when first elected to the DCC in 2004. Dunedin City Councillor profile:
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