Ian Blair Hamilton, Myocum
Your article regarding Crs Duncan Dey and Sarah Ndiaye’s relationship with John Anderson made me think about another political personality in the international scene.
This one displays many of the same behaviours as John ‘Fast Buck$’ that were mentioned: misogyny, mean-spiritedness, bullying, singling people out, using his body to dominate, remember the Hilary Clinton debate?), verbally aggressive, refusing to pronounce opposition politicians’ names correctly (remember Kamala Harris?), ongoing ‘threatening’ behaviour.
Finally, like the other politician, it appears Mr Buck$ resorts to similar obfuscations when cornered.
‘Mr Anderson denied “picking” on Cr Ndiaye but continued to mispronounce her name during the interview and said she had “a big mouth”,’ and…
‘When Mr Anderson heard other women at both meetings had described his behaviour towards Cr Ndiaye as threatening, he called them girls and said they should respect their elders.’
I too have observed Fast Buck$’ ‘Pilgrims’ Progress’ over the many, many years since his first ‘Pink Paper’ attacking then Cr Mike Watterson. At the time I supported his brazen, upfront style because, I suppose, he was doing what I was scared to do.
But over the years I have observed his ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ descend into something that seems to yield no positive value except for his own self-gratification.
No matter who is on Council, no matter what party or group they represent, Mr Buck$ tears them down.
I also remember when I helped him into the role as a councillor with my vote only to see him apparently incapable of collaborating with anyone on Council without being abrasive and confrontational.
I reluctantly conclude, after watching local politics, that he singlehandedly – like his US counterpart – contributed more to the divisive nature of local politics than any other personage.
I still wonder why The Echo has, over many years, given him more space than any other local ‘politician’.