Politicians are commonly perceived as among the bottomdwellers of the most-trustworthy profession tables, but the barefaced liar stereotypes are probably a little uncharitable.
Politicians are prone to a bit of information manipulation, but underneath the slick facade, you would like to think there is some substance.
A common refrain you hear around elections is ‘‘they’re all the same, doesn’t matter who you vote for, they’ll do what they want anyway’’.
That’s a copout and the threeyearly selection of our politicians is the voting public’s chance to hold them accountable. Democracy is a mechanism and it works better the higher the participation rate.
Maybe it’s time to start googling party policies and have a think about what resonates with you.
In Upper Hutt there is a woman who has put her hand up to drive people to the polling booth whatever their political persuasion. Now there’s someone who believes in democracy.
- Piers Fuller