Vote is a wake-up call

South Waikato News - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR /NGA¯ RETA KI TE KAITA¯TARI -

I read with in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle in the South Waikato News, on 28th Jan­uary 2015 about the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to build a new land­fill site. There were two is­sues that I found re­ally amaz­ing.

Num­ber one was, that the mayor has for so long been part of a coun­cil in which the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors agreed with him, (not that I be­lieve it im­pos­si­ble), but that the rate pay­ers/res­i­dents have voted like­minded peo­ple (by ma­jor­ity de­ci­sions) in at least three elec­tions.

Num­ber two: We as vot­ers un­der­stand that not all our ex­pec­ta­tions will be re­alised by ev­ery coun­cil or gov­ern­ment, demo­crat­i­cally elected.

So the mayor be­ing stunned by this vote, by elected coun­cil­lors vot­ing con­trary to what he thinks, is a ‘‘wake up’’ call not only for him (this is democ­racy) but to all those vot­ers and res­i­dents who may be se­verely af­fected by this de­ci­sion taken by this coun­cil. John.C.Sim­cock

Toko­roa

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