So kiwiblog is harping on about a chilling effect on democracy. Well okay if being cold means that you can’t use money to influence the democracy process to benefit you or your interest group then I’ll happily put on a jersey. Seriously David. There are 20+ meet the candidates meeetings in Dunedin North. If you want to have a say then perhaps turning up to them would be a good start. Organising one yourself like Forest and Bird in conjunction with Sustainable Dunedin would be even better. Real democracy real people. Invite the media along and they might just print something about the event so that people who don’t come along can find out about what happened. Write a report and circulate to your membership.
Backbenchers are doing real well at publicising candidates debates. I would love to see more small town meetings publicised. Wouldn’t it be great if TVNZ got on board and in conjunction with local groups televised some meetings outside of the Wellington region. I would love to see local Alliance candidate Victor make an impassioned plea for us to raise taxes broadcast nationally to cheering aclaim from the audience.