Win­ston’s OK

Marlborough Express - - COMMENT&OPINION -

How facile of your colum­nists to slag off Win­ston. Safer of course than look­ing into why, in a sup­posed time of progress in our coun­try’s af­fairs, our debt to for­eign­ers is up a fur­ther $5 bil­lion from last year. It is now $60b. In 2008 it was $18b.

Tell me now, who owns New Zealand? El­derly vot­ers eh. I ama great grand­fa­ther who grew up with his dad away for five long years fight­ing a World War. Tell Karl du Fresne that my self­ish thoughts are for my fam­ily grow­ing up in a coun­try which for three decades now has steadily alien­ated – in all senses of the word – a great deal of what Ki­wis used to hold most dear. Trust the Nat­labs or the Lab­nats? I’m old but I hope not se­nile.

The Sin­gle Trans­fer­able Vote sys­tem would be the way of most ac­cu­rately show­ing who we pre­fer – or who we most want to keep from power – but with so many peo­ple anes­thetised by vis­ual and au­di­ble trash, I doubt they would be able to fill-in the bal­lot pa­pers, Heaven help us.

Bill Holvey


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