It is interesting to be able to witness aspects of a political event where you have no power at all. Currently, the New Zealand Elections are in full swing.
Whoever wins, it is comforting to see that just as in the UK, politicians never allow good policy discussion to get in the way of mudslinging, dishonesty, general misdemeanours and scandal. Could there be a less moral part of society than those who would lead us all? What does it say about the rest of us who would choose one of them? But if you don’t have your say, how can you complain?
I am curious to see what it must be like in parts of NZ where they have candidates covering large geographical areas because the population is so skewed to Auckland. How can a farmer at the bottom end of the South Island really be represented by businessmen in the far North…?
Also, there is the additional interest of what would appear to be racism in the parties here in NZ with Maori parties…yes…you heard that right. I am not totally well-informed here but when you have the BNP in the UK supposedly representing a majority (thank heaven they don’t receive popular support) and those looking at Maori interests in NZ (a minority)…how can either of these really be right? A government or any elected official should represent those in their area fairly and without discrimination!
I wonder what would happen if we selected independent candidates for each area and had no parties, just people who genuinely wanted to do the right thing for those whom they represent? Could the world work if the right people were in the right jobs in government? Is any country already like this?
Answers on a postcard please!
With a result of the Scottish referendum due soon, it is interesting to see what NZ TV are saying…one opinion being that the world doesn’t need another small country and that we need less division and greater unity…let’s see what the Scots decide…I know that I will love Scotland as a place whatever happens and I hope that for family and friends living there (or in the rest of the UK for that matter) that the decision taken by the people is not divisive or ultimately costly.