November 7, 2008

I’ve spent the afternoon taking special votes to people.

When you do this, sometimes the person voting needs help with the ticks so you know how they vote.

I had one of those today and – I can hardly bring myself to type this – she didn’t do two blue ticks. She ticked National in the electorate but one of the red-block parties in the all important party vote.

The only comfort I can take from that is that somewhere maybe someone from the red block took a special vote from someone who ticked blue and that democracy is more important than political partisanship.

And while I’m confessing, I’ll admit I walked down the main street today with my Labour counterpart – that party’s electorate chair.

Waitaki Girls’ High has been studying democracy and were marching for women’s suffrage, so there we were – she in red & I in blue, chatting happily along the street because politics is a difference of opnion, not a war.

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