Votes with value, every day 2 August 2013
Hubris is an insidious disease from which politicians habitually suffer. They mistakenly believe their knowledge and station in society places them in a far superior position to that of the public when it comes to deciding contentious issues such as local government reform – amalgamation – fluoridation and asset sales and so on.
Of course, politicians will argue that they consult the public before their final decision is made.
Regardless of what politicians believe, decision-making is not their exclusive domain.
Paying lip service, offering a compassionate ear and a vote once every three years do not make New Zealand a democracy.
Politicians are misguided if they believe that offering voters an opportunity to vent their spleen over these issues is all that is required for a robust and democratic society.