I apologise to any & all of my Twitter friends, New Zealand is having an election in 3 weeks and its starting to get fractious… I’ll try to tag any of my Twitter political brouhaha with #nzpol, so you can easily mute it… In short (feel free to skip this part) we have suffered a neoliberal government for 3 terms (9 long years) and while one of the policies our current government was elected on was identifying a rapidly developing housing crisis, they have spent the following nine years doing very little to stop it…
In Auckland, our largest city, owning a house is now a distant dream for most, and even affordable rent is becoming an issue… In opposition Labour have been essentially useless, with a stream of ineffectual leaders… until a poll a month ago forced the replacement of then Labour leader with someone younger, smarter and who appears to have more empathy than the entire current government combined. While many feared it was just ‘social media bubble’ popularity, she has gone on to lead the most recent poll, for both party & preferred Prime Minister…
As we’ve seen happen in the UK and USA, polls do not determine the outcome of elections… But it is at least a welcome start in the right direction!!
As a side note, much is made of the missing millions of voters, who do not vote… My confession: I did not vote in the first few elections of my youth. The main reason was that I felt my vote meant nothing, I felt totally disconnected from politics and that an uninformed vote was worse than no vote. So i chose the latter…
Now that I am old(er) and theoretically wiser, I now believe that everything each of us do is political – every choice, every day alive is a political act. There is no avoiding it. And when you read of the atrocities that have occurred in history due to political regimes running amok, it feels like now more than ever I/we need to be engaged and make informed choices. Ours lives, the freedoms so easily taken for granted and the environment depend on it.
My suggestion to any disenfranchised youth is this: Do you really want a bunch of old farts/crustifarians dictating the terms of your life? Do you think Mother Earth is healthy? Getting better? or worse?
Make your vote count and have your say!
ps you don’t have to agree with me, but I feel Mark Twain put it perfectly:
Politicians are like diapers;
they need to be changed often
and for the same reason