Blair Anderson, on the hustings 'canvassing for opinion'

Blair Anderson, on the hustings 'canvassing for opinion'

Saturday, November 24, 2007

MAXIM & the Electoral Commision Report

>The Electoral Commission suggested that while 72 percent say they have an interest in politics, it is well-known that the younger age group are more likely not to vote.

1. MMP threshold at 5% is an order of magnitude (1%) higher than it needs to be or was recommended by the royal commission . This continues to  make it difficult for anyone to vote confidently for alternatives to the two party  dominance (ie: strategic voting alters the table of choices, thus disenfranchises voices/engagement/participation). Youth relevant issues are displaced where and when politicians see no 'election value' in soliciting these votes.  {STV would have covered this base.... ]

2.  Youth opinions are ignored politically. Both nationaly and locally.

They are marginalised by legislative breaches of the human rights act/bill of rights by targeted  legislation [ie: 'boy racer'' = ageist/sexist ] and other application of the law (drug policy in disrepute in particular) leading to disproportionate media branding of the 'adolescent as a feared class'. This is wholly unjustified and pejorative in the extreme. (John Kirwin, where are you?).  Youth rejection of  social value systems, alienation from rule of law and deviency amplification are a consequence of POLICY and political/media/populist 'hate speech' that are  decontructions of the truth/reality  in order to justify status quo thinking. [STV would have ensured all voices were 'equitably' at the table ]

Decouple these two identified impediments and voter participation will increase.. no education required.

Looking forward to that conversation. /Blair


Blair Anderson  ‹(•¿•)›

Social Ecologist 'at large'

ph (643) 389 4065   cell 027 265 7219

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