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Voting 101 for Seniors

Well election day is here and I don’t have TV to watch it on. That is a peculiar and extreme punishment for a political animal like me. 

My Mum is 80 and lives alone in a Housing Corp unit on a pension and she has a soft spot for Helen Clark. Nevertheless, there is only one vote to cast today, if you are 65 or over, and dependent on the Government for your sustenance, and that is for NZ First.  Whatever drama anyone chooses to cook up around Winston Peters, he is the only person there, save perhaps Jim Anderton, who can be relied upon to look out for the interests of our older citizens.

So that’s it folks. A little late considering you have most likely voted already, but if you haven’t, and if you are on a pension, dont stress about your choice, because there isn’t one.

We went out fairly early this morning, so our democratic right/duty is all done and dusted.  Roll on tonight. I think I’m going to have to go visit someone with a telly.  🙂

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Election Day is here

I thought, up until a few hours ago, that I knew how I was going to vote. But no … better think again.

I had thought I’d give my party vote to the Kiwi Party – and would still love to – but if I want a change of government, and I certainly do, then I have to give it to National. I think this is going to be a very interesting election. The smaller party vote (other than perhaps the Maori Party), is likely to dry up in my estimation.

Can’t remember if I posted this before, but I think win or lose, Helen Clark will resign within 2 months after this election. I think she’s got a plum overseas job lined up, and is ready to fly the coop. No particular reason for this one. Just a feeling.

So anyway, its Party Vote National for me, and maybe I’ll give Tony Christiansen a shot for the local choice. In truth I would have loved to vote for the Kiwi Party. They deserved my vote, simply for the quality of their marketing if nothing else. But if John Key manages not to lose it, then he deserves it too. I like his style. I like that he has matured a bit in terms of his public debating etc.

I also think this is a unique opportunity for NZ. We’ve never had an independently wealthy individual (i.e. someone who is already a significant financial success) running the place. Dont get me wrong. I appreciate that there are other measures of success besides money, but most things one aspires to, require a certain level of funds in the kitty, and the same is true of nations. Now is the time to give someone like him a shot. We’re going in to what is possibly the worst recession in many decades. What have we got to lose? Lets see what he’s made of.

NZ National Goal Setting – An idea whose time has come.

www.blog.nzx.com

I don’t usually buy the newspapers, but found this link in the Weekend Herald. It’s quite a novel concept, although you can’t help but wonder why it hasn’t been suggested before now. Kind of transcends all the party political stuff, in favour of the country, and where we want to see ourselves in the future. I downloaded the document and it is a clear, well laid out summary of our economic history, and likely future if we carry on as we have been doing. 13 pages in large easy to read type.

If there’s an economic tsunami on the way, maybe its a fantastic opportunity to re-evaluate what we are doing and where we are going as a nation. So rather than wonder what we’re in for, I thoroughly recommend you check this out, and send it to all your email friends, and maybe a few offline ones too.

Happy voting next Saturday.