Pick and mix poli­cies

The New Zealand Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

What a shame we can’t pick out the poli­cies we like from each po­lit­i­cal party and vote ac­cord­ingly. Not just what’s best for us per­son­ally but what would ben­e­fit the coun­try. My fa­ther used to say as a busi­ness­man it would be bet­ter for him fi­nan­cially to vote Na­tional but he would vote Labour be­cause he thought it would ben­e­fit others in so­ci­ety more.

So here’s the co­nun­drum. I want to vote for Bill be­cause I be­lieve he has the best grasp of the coun­try’s fis­cal sit­u­a­tion. How­ever, on the in­ter­na­tional scene he is just an­other mid­dle-aged white man in a grey suit. Con­trast­ing this is Jacinda who will be a like a bright new star with her bril­liant smile and re­lent­less pos­i­tiv­ity. I also love Labour’s em­pha­sis on pub­lic trans­port in pref­er­ence to Na­tional’s plan to cover the coun­try in tar-sealed roads.

Then I read that TOP, the Maori Party and the Greens all want to in­tro­duce a tax on sug­ary drinks, a pol­icy dear to my heart. How­ever, I hon­estly don’t think any of these mi­nor par­ties could run the coun­try.

Any­way, I cast my vote early yes­ter­day so it’s too late to change my mind now.

Glen Stan­ton, Mairangi Bay.

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