If we, the electorate, reward dirty politics by re-electing a National government, we will be validating the most vile tactics this country has seen since Muldoon. We will be saying that it’s OK to misuse government information, manipulate the OIA process, run political “hits”, dig for dirt, and embrace the most hateful of propaganda tools. We will be accepting an all too cosy relationship between attack politics and a too-often complicit media. We will be encouraging the bottom-feeders of the business world to adpot the same tactics. We will, in short, be giving up on decency.
Please vote for a left wing party: Labour, The Greens, or Internet/Mana. If you can’t bring yourself to do that, then at least please don’t vote for National. We’ve got one chance to clean up politics. I hope we take it.