It is of little or no consequence as to
colour of the banner; whe ther the
blue of National or red of Labour. What is of real importance however is that such
candidates immediately loose their
independence (real or perceived –it makes no difference) once a particular
affiliation is made.
greatest strengths of Local Government is –for the
most part - councillor’s are voted for according to their
personal beliefs as to what is in the
best interests of the region and not
because of any affiliation to any interest group.
Once a candidate accepts
the protective cover of a wider grouping, there is an undoubted expectation that such candidates
will bend to the will of the collective ra ther
that maintain the independence
voters expect from Local Government politicians.
becomes one of being a “team player” within the
collective and is a ra ther meagre
objective. Conformity with the
conventional wisdom of the day is a
relatively simply task. Sometimes that conformity includes some personal difficulty
of having to swallow a dead rat or two but the
really hard task is to speak against the
conventional wisdom and vote no.
Central Government party politics does not allow for
the so called peoples
representatives to decide issues for themselves.
The party effectively chooses the
candidate who must then follow the party line or start looking for a new job. (There
is a very similar system operating in Communist China) Under our system of MMP the placing on a list decided by the party bosses ensures virtually all comply. Do we
as really want to extend that system to Local Government? Where does a genuine representative
democracy sit within such a system?
Traditionally within Local Government, candidates funded
their own campaigns
ra ther than seek assistance from a
political party’s organizing committee. The now defunct Citizens Association in
vetted potential candidates to determine whe Dunedin ther
of not they were of “suitable standing”
to represent that grouping. Some were of course invited to stand under the Citizens banner so where did that leave their perceived independence.
The reason why
current “Ugly American” Donald Trump is
doing so well in the race for the Republican nomination is probably that the
public are tired of the political
party machines of ei ther hue
dominating politics in the . USA
The fragile shards of a true representative democracy continually groan and crack under
strain of elected representatives not fully understanding their only allegiance must be to up hold a truly
democratic process for and on behalf of the