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Saturday
Oct012011

The Campaign

I certainly have no intention of taking sides, or even becoming involved in the forthcoming campaign other than to pass comment on the bleedingly obvious.

Here are four to go on with:

Mr Everywhere - National's Scott Simpson was glad-handing and beaming his way through the Tourism (shortly Destination) Coromandel meeting last evening, sitting next to kingmaker Morrie Dunwoodie, who of course fronted Glenn Leach's campaign. Even hard line antis are predicting a shoo-in, and his majority may indeed push him up the pecking order as fast as the incumbent has tumbled. 

Labour seem to have given up on their candidate, Mr Nowhere - Hugh Kininmonth, going by the advent of the ugliest hoardings you have ever seen, promoting "No Asset Sales" in white on red with "Labour Party Vote" under in hard to read black. Surely they can do better than that, and incidentally, there appear to be compliance issues with the same hoardings. 

If they are not careful, the Greens will again sneak past them as they did when Jeanette Fitzsimmons disposed of National's  Murray McLean JP a few years back, to the utter disgust of every true red and blue supporter in the District - the same Cr McLean who now gets his jollies by attempting to dominate the Council Chamber. 

On the other hand, Green electorate and list Candidate Catherine Delahunty may have some difficulty ringing bells in this District with her on-line campaign blurb claiming that amongst other things she is a "political animal", and that she has "half a BA  in anthropology and history". Mmm! And Ms Delahunty's forced smile in the campaign photo looks about as phony as mine when I tried the same for this Blog - totally out of character with the impression those of us who watch Parliament have of her.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (2)

It's still some time to the election , so rather than commenting on candidates personalities shouldn't we be looking at the intentions (policies) of each party? One of the most important matters is the stated sale of publicly owned assetts by National if they are returned in strength. Whichever party candidate is put in place they will be constrained by the policies that their group espouses. There's little place for individuals to put forward ideas that will be looked at in isolation . This is shown by the lack of candidates who are independent. It's probably easier for voters to follow their habitual path. Few humans can change their mind in 30 minutes as shown on TV. Policies will be written to appeal to as many voters as possible and the lack of specifics is our fault. Language is a persuasive medium when we want money and power.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter H Wood

But voters or citizens can have an influence if they feel poorly served by their democracy, if they use the tools democracy gives them.
Look to the 'Arab Spring' uprisings and the more recent 'Occupy Wall Street' movement in the USA to see examples of people power.
I am cynical enough to think that it does not matter especially which party gets enough votes to govern alone or form a coalition; either way we are pretty much done for.
What is needed is serious and significant reform of the financial systems that dominate us, both citizen's and government. Look to the Wall Street protest to see where our 'institutional' problems lie; right wing susceptability to unhealthy motives such as greed - profit and power.
While I accept your comment Peter, it is not unreasonable for Bill to offer comment about personalities on a 'blog' site. I have little doubt that Bill's opinion might mirror much of the opinion of people that think about these matters.

October 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

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