Seems the state’s rot­ten

Mudslinging politi­cians set bad ex­am­ples

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

Se­ri­ously, what is our world com­ing to? Hon­est New Zealan­ders get­ting shot at work. Dev­as­tat­ing. Dis­hon­est New Zealan­ders fleecing Dunedin – wasn’t the Swan thing bad enough?

Trag­i­cally des­per­ate New Zealan­ders mak­ing ir­re­versible bad de­ci­sions to take mat­ters in their own hands? What does it take to be heard? Be helped? Please do not get me wrong, there is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for killing, hurt­ing or harm­ing other hu­man be­ings. Ever.

Yet, here we are in lit­tle old New Zealand. You’d think this was a sad-news story from Amer­ica. Par­tic­u­larly while we are en­dur­ing a less-than-savoury elec­tion. Nicky Hager’s Dirty Pol­i­tics showcases the filthy, un­der­handed, bul­ly­ing tac­tics of our cur­rent Gov­ern­ment.

De­spite what you be­lieve – it is rather chill­ing to read how polls and pub­lic opin­ion can be in­flu­enced by a se­lect few. This is def­i­nitely some­thing you ought to read be­fore you vote.

Heavens, even our own Waitaki elec­torate got amen­tion. Just bor­row a copy if you don’t want to be seen to be sup­port­ing the ‘‘evil left’’ by pur­chas­ing a copy. Or don’t if you want to support what­ever other sto­ries the con­spir­acy the­o­rists will have you be­lieve.

Watch­ing this all un­fold on TV – hear­ing the dis­cus­sions around the town – what is this mod­el­ling to our young peo­ple? That sling­ing crap at each other rather than fo­cus­ing purely on poli­cies is okay? What does it say about New Zealand?

Is this the New Zealand that we want to live and grow old in, if we are lucky enough to grow old?

Some peo­ple are throw­ing their hands up in despair, say­ing that all MPs are as bad as each other so they are con­sid­er­ing not vot­ing. That would be tragic. Please do some home­work and make your vote count in the up­com­ing elec­tion.

● Amy Scott is a lawyer-turned­pro­fes­sional speaker who is pas­sion­ate about com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ties.

What’s hap­pen­ing in the Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust of­fice? Prepa­ra­tions are well un­der­way for the next Cav­al­cade fin­ish­ing in Ou­tram on Fe­bru­ary 28 next year. We have been hav­ing meet­ings with the host town com­mit­tee who are join­ing forces with the ‘‘Fes­ti­val of the Plains’’ (Taieri Plains). They will have a cracker of a day planned for the grand pa­rade, af­ter­noon stalls, en­ter­tain­ment and the evening hoe-down! The trail boss’s have been fever­ishly look­ing over maps and seek­ing the per­mis­sion of land own­ers to en­sure another year of in­ter­est­ing and test­ing trails.

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