Demo­cratic sys­tem is at risk

Waipa Post - - News - BRUCE ROWE Cam­bridge

Democ­racy is a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem where the ma­jor­ity rule and we are not ruled by dic­ta­tors. We also have the priv­i­lege of free­dom of speech.

This is a sys­tem that we can be proud of. Unity is strength, the ba­sis of democ­racy.

Frac­tion­al­i­sa­tion erodes democ­racy. MMP has eroded democ­racy in New Zealand.

Our soldiers fought and died de­fend­ing our demo­cratic prin­ci­ples.

Un­der the MMP sys­tem, mi­nor­ity par­ties have gained mas­sive lever­age and I feel this is erod­ing the demo­cratic prin­ci­ples of our foun­da­tion.

When Win­ston Peters was in a po­si­tion where he was able to de­cide who was go­ing to govern, he was stand­ing on the shoes of a dic­ta­tor. I feel that he be­lieved in our demo­cratic prin­ci­ples he should have re­fused to make that choice.

I per­son­ally could not do what he has done. How could he stand at a ceno­taph on An­zac Day?

We need to chal­lenge the ero­sion of our demo­cratic prin­ci­ples.

I want to sup­port the heroes that fought for our free­dom.

We need to ques­tion “is it gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­bil­ity to hon­our democ­racy?”

The velo­drome was a clas­sic case of dic­ta­tor­ship by Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil and Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

Re­spect in this world is earned, not dic­tated.

Per­haps these two coun­cils are not aware of this. The di­ary in­dus­try is a jewel in New Zealand’s cabi­net, but is go­ing down the same road as our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

The gov­ern­ment is forc­ing com­pe­ti­tion that is giv­ing for­eign coun­tries con­trol of our ex­port in­dus­try.

New Zealand now has 10 dif­fer­ent pro­cess­ing com­pa­nies, five on­shore and five off­shore.

Open Coun­try Cheese has a sup­ply base larger than that of the five off­shore pro­ces­sors.

We need to look at the pos­si­bil­ity of this be­ing sold off­shore.

The sta­bil­ity of our dairy in­dus­try is at risk be­cause of gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions.

We don’t want to be­come peas­ant farm­ers.

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