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One man poll finds one too many idiots by underground

Although I initially though the Herald’s “One Man Poll” sounded like a massive vox pop (which I can’t stand) in the capable hands of Simon Collins the series was likely to be a success. And he does find some interesting people with interesting views on interesting issues. Collins finds people who do sum up what others are thinking and finds out the thought behind their opinions. Fascinating stuff at times. However, either Collins is drawn to some absolute morons, or New Zealand is a country with a disproportionate number of idiot residents.

Here’s a couple from the last few days. There are many more!

An interesting view here from a publican in Kaitaia:

I don’t believe there’s anyone in the National Party strong enough to lead the country,” says Russell McAlees, 57, a lifetime National voter, who with his wife, Helen, bought the Houhora Tavern, north of Kaitaia, five years ago.

“I didn’t like Don Brash any better. I liked Muldoon back in his day. You need someone strong in those parties. Helen Clark is strong, but she’s led by the Green Party.

A different perspective on National’s leadership from a seemingly unlikely source. However it is the last line I find most bizarre. Why would someone conclude that Clark is “led by the Green Party”? People often think that if any party is the “tail wagging the dog”, it is the Greens. However, the Greens have never actually been part of any of Labour’s three past coalitions, merely guaranteeing confidence and supply. They have not had that much impact on policy, apart from making environmental issues more mainstream. And before you point to the Crimes Act amendment, remember that firstly that was a private members bill, and secondly it had the support of a parliamentary majority which included John Key. So I fail to see how anyone can claim that anyone, especially Helen Clark, is led by the Green Party.

Staying with the falsely dubbed “anti-smacking” bill, we have James from Mangere Bridge who says:

If you’re scared of your parents, that is the guiding principle.

I’m not advocating that parents should thrash their kids,” he says. “But if you’re scared your dad will give you a hiding if you’re bad, then you are less likely to do it.

In one quote James says he does not condone thrashing kids, but also that the fear of getting thrashed will stop them misbehaving. Hmm. Not only has the threat of punishment deterred criminal activity throughout human history, but those who are disciplined with violence are more likely to resort to violence. I bet James got some real hidings as a kid.

Some people like change for changes sake.

And in Invercargill, 24-year-old travel consultant Rob Wilson said he was switching to National because Labour had simply “had their day”.

New Zealand needs a strong leader to get it economically focused and Labour is not providing that,” he said.

“Neither is National really, but change is as good as a holiday.

If John Key is a holiday destination, then I’ll stay at home! I like this idea that governance is best shared on a rotation basis like dish washing duties. It is never that anyone actually likes National, people are just “tired” with Labour. In three years time are we going to be tired with Key, or are we going to stick with him to see him sell some assets?

Tauranga’s Bethlehem College may be thinking that the next time the Herald sends a reporter to ask some students for their opinions, they front up the kids with a considerate heart to accompany a thoughtful mind.

When 18-year-old James McLaren casts his first vote on November 8, he will be voting for a Government that is not afraid to offend people.

“The current Government is too concerned with being politically correct,” he says “It is too afraid to step up and make a real difference that offends people.

“I feel National will be able to do things, even if it does offend people. For example, at the moment [Labour] is pretty much taxing everything that decent rich people have and giving it all to poor people.”

The pupils of Bethlehem College in Tauranga, where James is a final-year student, are hardly typical of New Zealand’s youth. Parents of secondary students pay almost $4000 a year for its Christian-based education.

Compelling stuff, James! Christian compassion seems lost on the spoilt private school kid who likely wants to buy a new done-up Subaru or . How dare the government tax “decent rich people” to help out “poor people”. Never thought I would say it, but he could learn something from Jesus!

Well done Simon Collins, you have confirmed the famous quote from Winston Churchill:

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

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