Marvelously efficient. Look what turned up in my email today. I mainly put this up so people who don’t receive one of these in the next week or so will have a reverence to phone numbers and email links.
Greetings Lynn Prentice
This is your electronic voting paper for the Labour Leadership Election. You are receiving this email as a financial member of the New Zealand Labour Party, which means that you have a vote in the Leadership Election.
Selecting a leader is a critically important task and is one of the most important decisions that Labour Party members have a voice in. Please exercise your democratic right by voting in this Leadership Election.
This election, we have decided to use online voting as the primary form of voting for members. As you have received this email, you will not be receiving voting papers in the post. Profiles and photos of the candidates can be viewed here.
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Voting closes at 12 noon on Tuesday 18 November 2014 (NZ time) and results will be announced at 2pm that day.
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Of course, all this efficiency leaves me with a more basic problem.
Unlike every other occasion where a leadership change has happened inside Labour I have absolutely no idea who in the hell I want to vote for. On the other hand, I also don’t have anyone who I’d vote against (which is usually my starting point).
What I want is some kind of person blender. There are aspects of each of the candidates that I’d like to see in my ideal candidate, plus a large and long dose of senior ministerial experience that is so clearly lacking.
Of course it is almost certainly a forlorn hope that this caucus could actually learn to work together for their (and our) common good rather than quietly crapping on each other as “a senior Labour figure” to journos.
Any advice? And that is a serious question…
But please do remember that this is my post and you’re talking to me as well as the others. I’ve had decades to become a veteran of both the nets and being a volunteer for politicians. If you are lucky, I’ll merely get sarcastic about blathering on the charm of particular politicians or people sounding like they actually believe their trite slogans. I’m interested in what you actually think… 😈