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Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I was dis­ap­pointed to read Kil­ian de Lacy’s dour view of pol­i­tics and our politi­cians (Septem­ber 2).

Kil­ian is en­ti­tled to her opin­ions, but a com­men­ta­tor should be com­ment­ing on mat­ters grounded in fact. Her claim that the Greens are of­fer­ing a ‘‘utopian vi­sion, the cost­ings for which are un­cer­tain’’, is wrong.

Even a ca­sual glance at the Greens’ web­site or the lit­er­a­ture be­ing dis­trib­uted to ev­ery let­ter­box shows the Greens will re­turn New Zealand to sur­plus faster than Na­tional, will pay off John Key’s $60 bil­lion debt faster than Na­tional, and by mov­ing our econ­omy to smarter, cleaner jobs, cre­ate more work that is bet­ter paid and more pro­duc­tive.

The en­tire Greens bud­get has been costed and au­dited by In­fo­met­rics. The other two ma­jor par­ties have not done this.

Kil­ian is en­ti­tled to her view that re­duc­ing child poverty, clean­ing up our rivers and de­vel­op­ing a smarter econ­omy is sim­ply utopi­anism, but in­creas­ing num­bers of New Zealan­ders do not share her view.

I ob­serve peo­ple from all ages and walks of life are work­ing hard for the Green Party be­cause they recog­nise that if we do not ad­dress the most crit­i­cal emer­gency to face our species, then we have no fu­ture. off yet another speed­ing ticket owing to a tech­ni­cal­ity.

Un­less he has a brain/foot co­or­di­na­tion prob­lem, he speeds de­lib­er­ately through our com­mu­nity, a built-up area, with lots of chil­dren, walk­ing on such nar­row foot­paths, NZ Trans­port Agency had to change the rules to make them le­gal.

How did the me­dia learn of the story? Pre­sum­ably the speed­ster con­tacted the me­dia to boast.

I know it’s not po­lit­i­cally cor­rect, but per­haps the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion could in­stall stocks in the vil­lage cen­tre for speed­sters, red light run­ners and mo­bile de­vice users. Great tourist at­trac­tion, too.

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