If a reporter asked you what issues do you care about, what would you say?
I’d say, in alphabetical order, those impacting on the economy, education, environment, health, security and welfare.
That’s not what Stuff thinks.
Its headlines says where new National Party leader Simon Bridges stands on issues you care about?
I took that to mean the most important issues but the story gives us the new leader’s views on the drinking age, marriage equality and euthanasia.
It then goes on to the environment, climate change, abortion, marijuana, and the regions.
This reminds me of the tiresomely repetitive focus on former Prime Minister John Key’s views on the 1981 Springbok tour which said a lot more about the questioner than the then-PM.
Stuff’s issues are ones on which many will have a view, and may care about deeply, but would most come top of mind if people were asked what they care about?
If you’re a socially liberal member of the media or wanting a debate in a university common room, maybe.
But I doubt they’d be listed by most other people who are much more likely to care more about matters which directly and practically impact their lives and their families.
Those matters are much harder to cover than most of the ones raised by Stuff which are conscience issues, with one-off votes. Most are not the issues which provide jobs, put food on the table nor do most produce policies which lead to a more productive country with happier and healthier people.