At a recent political candidates meeting, I was disappointed at the boorish behaviour of David Bennett (National) who became increasingly objectionable as the meeting progressed. Toward the end when candidates were limited to 30-second answers to questions from the floor, all other candidates were selfdisciplined and complied with the rules. Mr Bennett spoke out when it was others’ turn to speak and grossly exceeded the allocated time. Prior to this he bombastically told us what horrors awaited us if we elected a Labour-led government. Whether this was from polldriven panic, or because he could not explain National’s dereliction in so many directions, matters not. We adults wanted to garner facts and I, for one, have enough now to confirm that National see democracy as a threat to their ongoing lust for power. I have consistently voted National since 1966, but I will not do so this time around, because of the following: They ignore feedback from electorates, their hubris is phenomenal, their laissez-faire policies have allowed trade training, housing, health, education, environment, and defence to get so far behind that it will cast any government elected in a difficult position.