Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, September 21st, 2017 - 39 comments
Categories: election 2017, jacinda ardern, labour, leadership - Tags: #ChangeTheGovt, Dame Anne Salmond, election 2017, let's do this
Newsroom has a short, powerful piece by Dame Anne Salmond. It’s hard to abridge because it’s so compact. You should read the whole piece on Newsroom, but this is how it ends:
Dame Anne Salmond: A final, brief election thought
Jacindamania isn’t about personality at all – it’s a collective sigh of relief that we might finally have a kind of leadership that reflects our core values as New Zealanders. A chance for a country that’s truly ‘clean and green;’ for honesty, decency and kindness in our public as well as our private lives.
National have run a classically neo-liberal campaign, based on cynical self-interest. It was sad watching Bill English in the last leader’s debate – a fundamentally decent man lying through his teeth to try and win the election.
We deserve better from our leaders than this kind of Faustian bargain.
The choice in this election is stark. Neo-liberalism has failed. It’s time to hand over the reins to a new generation, and let them shape the future.