The present day research polls by landline phone, mobile phones and texts are not accurate. Respondents are not interviewed face to face, as such the respondent can say what they like. When respondent was contacted by phone or text, respondent may be busy or having a problem or may be under the influence of liquor or driving a vehicle and if the interviewer put the question, you will never get the accurate answer. Present telephone and text research is not accurate. Some may not know even the political parties contesting the elections.
Years ago they used to do face-to-face interviews and the interviewer can judge from the face expression, body language and the way they answer whether they are saying the truth or not.
All eligible voters should cast their votes if they want a good government to govern the country. Country should go forward. Just think, 10 years ago did we have beggars in our streets begging for food and picking up cigarette butts? Did we have so many daily burglaries in dairies, service stations and food outlets? What was the price of a house 10 years ago? How many homeless people were there in the streets? Ten years ago what was the price of fuel, bread and milk?
Consider all this and do not waste your vote and do not believe election promises.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
inappropriate’’. A bold statement but unfortunately falls short of clarifying where these areas are. Given his government’s intent to allow mining on Schedule 4 Conservation land at Parakiwai or even Karangahake, there can’t be many areas in existence that meet his vague level of what is inappropriate.
I believe that he is philosophical about being a National Party MP that toes the party line. It will be the people who are actively opposing mining on our beautiful Coromandel, people he purports to represent, who will save the day, and of course the views he has from his bach at Kuaotunu – his favourite beach on the Coromandel. Lucky him – my land at Kuaotunu is – again – under exploration licence and I am not counting on him to protect it.
socialist, Jacinda Ardern believes that neoliberalism has failed New Zealand and we need a more interventionist government (Times, September 13). Contrary to her belief, neoliberalism has brought huge benefits to New Zealand.
Interventionist governments try picking winners and mostly fail. They also believe that that they, the interventionist politicians, know what’s best for you and me. They believe we can’t be trusted to make the right decisions for ourselves and for the country while socialist politicians, supposedly possessed of superior knowledge and wisdom, can.
She is too young to recall that the last interventionist government of the Muldoon era, brought the country to the verge of bankruptcy. Over time, the government had intervened in almost every economic and social sector. If government didn’t own it, then it controlled it with masses of restrictive rules and regulations.
The housing crisis is mainly the result of government, both local and central, restricting the amount of land made available for housing. The Resource Management Act is one of the most interventionist pieces of legislation ever passed, resulting as it does, in huge unproductive costs to all and sundry with very few if any real benefits.
Mokihinui and Ruataniwha hydro schemes or the mining on Denniston Plateau and Coromandel Peninsula is better – however these are only ad hoc reactive measures.
We need to act in a unified and decisive manner to bring about the imperative long-term changes to tackle the enormous task at hand.
The necessary catalyst to make this happen is to channel our collective voting behaviour into electing a proactive government.
Evolution has taught us that species which are unable to adapt to changing circumstances are doomed to extinction.
Will homo sapiens be wise enough to change?
male. And ending preferably with a straight single note that all can reach.