Elec­tions – who do you trust?

Na­tional elec­tions used to be so sim­ple. It was only be­tween us and them and the most im­por­tant de­ci­sion for a voter to make was if those who were in had served their term and whether it was time for a change.

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Now it is much more com­pli­cated and if you are still un­de­cided or have not put that orange blow-up doll in the post, then per­haps the fol­low­ing con­sid­er­a­tions may help.

Firstly, vot­ing is an im­por­tant part of our gov­ern­ing sys­tem and al­though it is not per­fect and can cause much anger and frus­tra­tion, no one can of­fer any­thing bet­ter, and there are many other sys­tems which are worse and which would not suit us at all. So use it, or some­one with a lust for power will take it away.

Polling day is a po­lit­i­cal An­zac Day. The gift of many a good man who gave up his chance to vote so that oth­ers could ex­press their pref­er­ence. Col­lec­tively it is the means and method with no risk or loss of per­sonal pain or plea­sure, to in­sti­tute or re­move our rulers. In choos­ing who you favour with your hopes and con­fi­dence, con­sider the pur­pose of gov­ern­ment, which it seems to me, is the se­cu­rity and well­be­ing of the peo­ple. Who will best do that?

Sec­ond ques­tion: In the pre­vail­ing eco­nomic and so­cial con­di­tions – have those in power been do­ing a good job? If re­turned, would they im­prove, main­tain or re­duce their per­for­mance?

I have only the ex­pe­ri­ence of a long life to use, but gov­ern­ments and many other or­gan­i­sa­tions start with a hiss and a roar and much prom­ise, but en­thu­si­asm fades and they seem to get set in their ways, lose di­rec­tion and speed. They be­gin to ap­pear un­car­ing and lose touch with the peo­ple they are meant to serve. So is there any­one else who could do a bet­ter job?

What are the prob­lems that need solutions? Who is of­fer­ing poli­cies which ad­dress those trou­bles? Is it an af­ford­able so­lu­tion? Will it in­crease taxes? Is it a bribe which appeals to per­sonal greed rather than to com­mu­nity and will it qui­etly dis­ap­pear later? What changes to in­di­vid­ual and com­mu­nity lives will be made and what do we get in ex­change?

Who will best pro­vide the needs of ev­ery­day lives? It is a long list of es­sen­tial ser­vices.

If in the end all in­for­ma­tion, in­tel­li­gence and logic fail to in­di­cate a de­ci­sion, go back to the most prim­i­tive of all meth­ods:

Who do I trust?

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