Pol­i­tics a nec­es­sary evil? And politi­cians as bad as each other

As ed­i­tor of your South Waikato News I think it’s about time I had an opin­ion on a few things.

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

Toko­roa Cricket Club. Coun­try singers and Han­nah and Dan Cos­grove. Tick­ets $15 from Toko­roa Cloth­ing Company.

7pm. Pu­taruru Plaza. Ad­mis­sion $3. Con­tact Lor­raine Gy­die 8838577. The­atre, Pu­taruru, 6pm. $40 in­cludes 3 course meal and en­ter­tain­ment also 3 lucky ladies and 1 male will re­ceive a free makeover. Tick­ets at Hes­lop Pharmacy and BNZ Pu­taruru.

Pu­taruru Dis­trict Ser­vices Memo­rial Club, Sat:9am-5pm, Sun:9am-4pm. Join­ing with the Farm­ers Mar­ket out­side the old RSA, Cham­bers St. Free ad­mis­sion. All ages. Ngatira Marae. To reg­is­ter call Jean Tawhi on 07 323 8515. If it weren’t for peo­ple, pol­i­tics would be per­fect.

The ex­haust­ing Dirty Pol­i­tics saga has cer­tainly ce­mented that belief in my young mind.

With­out even go­ing into the con­tent of the book, my heart sinks when I re­alise that one of ei­ther John Key or David Cun­liffe ap­pears to be not telling the full story about Labour hav­ing knowl­edge of the book prior to its re­lease.

Bear­ing in mind that they work for us, in what world would an em­ployer tol­er­ate such de­cep­tion from a worker?

I know the say­ing ‘‘never trust a politi­cian’’ but what sort of an ex­cuse is that? I don’t know about you but I can’t help but be un­en­thused about hit­ting the polling booths on Septem­ber 20.

I think I un­der­stand why this coun­try has such a low voter turnout – ‘‘ think’’ be­ing the im­por­tant word there.

Per­haps it is not that peo­ple are un­e­d­u­cated that makes them un­in­ter­ested as most avid vot­ers would ar­gue – per­haps it is in fact their emo­tional in­tel­lect that turns them off pick­ing the best of a bad bunch.

I re­mem­ber dream­ing of one day be­com­ing the prime min­is­ter. I be­lieve it may have even been the coun­try’s first fe­male prime min­is­ter Jenny Ship­ley who ig­nited that am­bi­tion.

But that was quickly snuffed out.

I re­alised that the very rea­son I wanted to head in to pol­i­tics – to stand up for the truth – is the very rea­son I wouldn’t be able to do it.

I know New Zealand’s vot­ing sys­tem is sup­posed to be based on elect­ing a party based on its poli­cies, not the peo­ple who lead them.

But how is it pos­si­ble to ig­nore the fact that those peo­ple have the power to al­ter, delete or in­vent new poli­cies that con­tra­dict what you thought the party stood for, all in the name of rak­ing in a few more votes?

But I know we need pol­i­tics – just don’t be sur­prised to see me saunter down to a booth with a rather un­en­thused look on my face.

13: Pu­taruru Marae Sportsday, 9:30am Netball. Glen­shea Park Courts. 12:30pm Rugby. Pu­taruru Rugby Club. Con­tact Mark Hotham 021 626609. 14: Kids Di­nosaur Foot­print Fun, 11a’’Kim-12pm. Ro­torua Mu­seum, Oru­awhata Drive, Gov­ern­ment Gar­dens, Ro­torua. Dress as you favourite di­nosaur to win prizes. Free ad­mis­sion. 16: Can­cer support meet­ing,

Petrice Tar­rant

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