Sow, reap

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

Peo­ple of Toko­roa and the South Waikato take very lit­tle in­ter­est in lo­cal pol­i­tics un­til some­thing starts to go wrong.

We get what we de­serve, we got what we de­serve.

Peo­ple in pol­i­tics are driven by dif­fer­ent mo­tives.

One is to make a dif­fer­ence, to ben­e­fit so­ci­ety and to pro­mote the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple they rep­re­sent.

Num­ber two is ego, an in­flated ego is a com­mon prob­lem in all forms of pol­i­tics.

The third is mon­e­tary gain, both di­rectly and in­di­rectly.

We can de­ter­mine for our­selves which of th­ese la­bels fits which of our lo­cal coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives – it could be some of all three.

I think our mayor falls into clas­si­fi­ca­tion num­ber one. So what can we do?

I’m afraid the poor re­gard the present in­cum­bents are held in will not pro­mote the cause of peo­ple step­ping for­ward to take over the reins.

We need peo­ple with the right mo­tives and they need to be ac­count­able.

If they stand for re­elec­tion their at­ten­dance records should be made pub­lic.

Un­for­tu­nately the coun­cil has a num­ber of sys­temic prob­lems which could not be rec­ti­fied (le­gal­i­ties be­ing what they are); coun­cil­lors and the mayor have lim­ited pow­ers.

The an­swer has to be that we all take an in­ter­est. At the moment any­one from a large fam­ily could just about get voted on to the coun­cil with their votes alone.

We have to vote, we have to be in­volved – not just when things go wrong – and South Waikato News has to be a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence in this.

We have to try and re­store the re­spect that be­ing a coun­cil­lor once com­manded. R Free­man


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