A voter’s guide to the 2017 elec­tion

South Waikato News - - Out & About - DAVID SLACK

So you’re think­ing of vot­ing this elec­tion day. Con­grat­u­la­tions! It’s prob­a­bly worth do­ing, even if no-one else seems to be both­er­ing.

Ev­ery­body used to, but those were sim­pler times. The shops were closed all week­end, and Satur­day af­ter­noon ra­dio was just rugby and the sec­ond leg from Awa­puni. You made your own fun, so when­ever you got the chance you’d pop down to the polling booth to vote for a land­slide and put a few cab­i­net min­is­ters out of work.

Last elec­tion, about a mil­lion el­i­gi­ble vot­ers stayed home, pos­si­bly be­cause the me­dia has turned it into a cir­cus, pos­si­bly be­cause many peo­ple feel their life has no mean­ing out­side of Instagram.

Never mind, here you are, ready to vote and that’s great.

You’ll be want­ing to know what to do. I like to walk in and say in a loud voice: ‘‘I’m here to vote for the ACT Party. Where’s the VIP lounge?’’ But, ac­tu­ally, you just have to iden­tify your­self, col­lect your vot­ing pa­pers, walk over to the booth and and make sure you take the cap off the marker pen be­fore you try to tick any­thing.

But where to put your tick? Only you can de­cide that, but here are some ques­tions vot­ers are ask­ing this elec­tion:

Just let it go. He’s gone. Cher­ish the brighter fu­ture he brought you, the af­ford­able houses, the pris­tine wa­ter­ways, the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, the pan­das. And then if you be­lieve that Bill and Steven and Paula and Nick can keep the dream alive, you know what to do. What they are ac­tu­ally do­ing is lend­ing money to coun­cils in a way that en­ables coun­cils to say to credit agen­cies they haven’t bor­rowed any more money, no sir, not a dol­lar.

Then the coun­cils can use the money they haven’t bor­rowed to put roads and sew­er­age into new sub­di­vi­sions. Then de­vel­op­ers can put up new houses. Pos­si­bly 60,000 of them, pos­si­bly at af­ford­able prices.

It’ll take 10 years, so prob­a­bly not. But at least they’re bring­ing a nail gun.

If you think that ‘‘It’s time for a fresh ap­proach’’ sounds the same as ‘‘For the many, not the few’’, then yes.

Yes, the cru­cial ques­tion you have to ask your­self is: would you pre­fer a so­ci­ety that only raises rich kids, like Eric, Donald Jr and Ivanka?

Of course it is. You can prove this any time you like by build­ing a hos­pi­tal or mo­tor­way with your tax cut.

Have you ever wanted to eat a whole choco­late cake and not share any of it but also not wanted any­one to say ‘‘you pig, you ate all the cake?’’ It’s a bit like that.

PETER MEECHAM/STUFF

David Slack.

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