Missed op­por­tu­ni­ties or just avoid­ing the is­sue?

Waipa Post - - Letters To The Editor -

MPs Si­mon Bridges and Louise Up­ston spoke to an au­di­ence of prob­a­bly 100-plus on Thurs­day at the Cam­bridge Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Af­ter a long in­tro­duc­tion, in which he ac­knowl­edged that though many of to­day’s prob­lems, started in the Mul­doon era, were not ad­dressed by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments, were com­pounded and blamed on “the pre­vi­ous administration,” Bridges praised the Clarke Gov­ern­ment.

Bridges then asked for ques­tions, which he fielded, rang­ing from ed­u­ca­tion for the less priv­i­leged, crim­i­nal gangs, drugs, (for­get­ting the flip-flop of the 2014 psy­cho-ac­tive sub­stances leg­is­la­tion), gov­ern­ment by con­sen­sus, not the present ad­ver­sar­ial method, and a num­ber of other con­cerns — which due to long drawn-out an­swers were not heard as we ran out of time.

Polic­ing, Kiwi build, health, mit­i­gat­ing the ef­fects of cli­mate change and many other con­cerns could have been heard.

Were they avoided?

Or were they just missed op­por­tu­ni­ties?

Did his school re­port say, as mine did, “could do bet­ter, should lis­ten more and like ‘The wise old owl’ talk less?

BRIAN DUN­STAN

Cam­bridge

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