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.
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?