Maurice Williamson has decided that there is no way that the census could be completed, nor should it be; The Herald now has the story, and quotes Williamson thus:
"This is not the time to go door to door asking New Zealanders for information when they're dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake," Mr Williamson said.
"It's unthinkable that we would ask this of people. It would be an unfair burden and distraction at a time when they are grieving."
We agree. The numbers can be crunched any time. At the moment though, the more significant numbers are the numbers of dead, missing and displaced. That is where our attention should be focused.
And although it's completely unrelated to the topic above, and although we wouldn't normally quote from this source, this post from Brendon Burns on Red Alert is well worth reading. Politics seems especially trivial at the moment, but Burns' office was destroyed on Tuesday, and his is a poignant and personal account.