It’s time for more discussion on political reform

Tuesday March 13, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and Demo Party finance spokesman James Beer pictured during Ardern’s visit to the Opposition leader’s office last week. 18031219 New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and Demo Party finance spokesman James Beer pictured during Ardern’s visit to the Opposition leader’s office last week. 18031219

Dear Editor,

Congratulations Demo Party regarding your open letter to New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, published in CINews on March 10.

You are moving in the right direction making open and straightforward comments publicly that hopefully will gain New Zealand assistance and halt the slide into an autocracy from the democracy many people mistakenly believe exists here simply because its repeated so often.

All four points are well taken, but number three, regarding political reform demands some attention. For 25 years, politicians have refused to act despite the public’s requests, countless meetings, surveys and subsequent repeated political election promises. Nothing has ever eventuated.

Removing the decision from political self-interested hands constitutionally is an excellent concept, except of course they still have their same old chokehold on that. Will it require the public to force the issue at the polls, will the Demo party or CIP candidates sign a pre-election sworn statement to honour the proposal (many would see a solution, for them, simply by delaying the process as they are close to or at retirement age). Bang goes another four or eight years!

Please suggest to us how this would be achievable. Will it require public referendum or protest marches? Because the present government has overridden and ignored everything the public has tried during their seven years in power including referenda.

Please follow this up and provide some suggestions; don’t let it stagnate because I think it’s going to one of several serious election questions this time. And New Zealand officialdom, please do us the favor of gauging the public’s feelings.

If the public could start to believe reform is achievable (pretty hard after 25 years), I am sure there will be a significant response and plenty of people to do the research , develop serious strategies etc. I trust this gets consideration.

 

            Neither CIP, Demo or OCI,

            I Be.

            (Name and address supplied)

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