New Zealand: - Questions are being asked about the lucidity of Public Service Association national secretary Richard Wagstaff after he issued a statement that seemed completely off the wall.
The statement was "Our concern is that job cuts in the public service will push workloads to unmanageable levels that will threaten the provision of essential public services like those at Inland Revenue."
A family friend told reporters last night that family and friends were distressed to discover Mr Wagstaff considered Inland Revenue an essential public service. "Normal sane people don't feel that the compulsory acquisition of a third of their wages is a service to them. We hadn't realised that Richard's stability had deteriorated this much."
The friend went on to say that the family were very concerned about Mr Wagstaff's state. He said that in an earlier episode they called the Police when Mr Wagstaff disappeared. He was later found in his car using his phone to demand that the authorities add Inland Revenue to the 111 emergency call list.
Mr Wagstaff is expected to take a leave of absence to recover.