Subtitle: foiled by the folding stuff
I did actually go to enrol as a candidate today, the last day that I could (cutoff was midday). I had thought about it a lot but was still somewhat reluctant as I was lacking some organisation. But I hadn't stopped to take the $300 out of the bank so in the end I was foiled by a lack of cash (not for the first time) and a lack of time. I guess I could have pushed a little more & transferred via the phone but rules are rules. That's ok, I wasn't really ready anyway although the hospital build was a motivation as it is something that needs to be opposed now, before it gets silly.
So this idea of standing, borne of Labour & the Greens dances with the devil, will be up and going for the next one, for sure. Hopefully we still have a democracy.
Some have asked Ingrid Leary if she intends staying in Taieri if she loses. Realistically I think you could ask her the same question if she wins. You could probably ask Liam Kernaghan the same questions, because is he going to get a flat in Wellington or continue to stay with Ma & Pa in Maori Hill which is in the Dunedin electorate rather than the Taieri electorate. Personally I figure it will be the former, as he is now a fish out of water in lil ol Dunedin. Ditto Scott Willis as he lives in the Waitati which is also in the Dunedin electorate (unless he's in the next electorate up, Waitaki). The NZ First guy has his truck and permanent sign parked up Mornington way which is also in the Dunedin electorate. Basically I wonder if any of them have lived in the electorate for the last 3 years, which I think should be a requirement. South Dunedin has been poorly served for a long time.
I shall have to have a think about who to recommend, it's not an easy task, but I have one recommendation and that is that you shouldn't vote NZ First. Their only saving grace, Tracey Martin, has recently swallowed more gender nonsense so just give them the flick. And I wouldn't be terribly surprised to see Ingrid Leary resign before the election. I guess that leaves Scott Willis but if you vote for him you must not Party Vote the Greens.
And in the Dunedin electorate? There's not much choice there either but I would like to see the Greens Party vote knocked about there. Most of that is based at the University.