While the recent local body elections were generally kind to forces of good, a socialist scored a key victory in my home town of Christchurch.
I was both shocked and amused when former Trotskyist turned Green, Rik Tindall and his running mate David Sutherland, defeated Christchurch 2021 leftist incumbents Richard Budd and Elizabeth Cunningham, to win the two east Christchuch East seats on Ecan (the regional council).
Rik and David Sutherland stood on the Save Our Water ticket and campaigned against the Central Plains Water Scheme proposal.
Ecan is now almost evenly split between socialists and Tories, with former Labour cabinet minister Kerry Burke narrowly regaining the chairmanship on the second ballot.
The first vote was a 7 to 7 tie.
I am genuinely interested to see how radical Rik will go in his new position of responsibility.