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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

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