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