We are going to campaign harder
We are going to campaign
“It was great news to learn that John Key says I
am his recommendation for Epsom. While the Prime Minister is
an important person and he is my pick to remain Prime
Minister, John Key is just one voter. I am not going to stop
my old fashioned door-knocking campaign until I have put my
case to every voter.
“I have been pleased to learn that
the Prime Minister is impressed with my campaign and that is
one of the reasons he is endorsing my candidacy.
intend to demonstrate to all Epsom voters that I will be a
hard-working representative of Epsom by continuing to raise
local issues that most candidates ignore but are important
to voters such as school zoning changes without proper
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>