Across the world there are so many people clamouring, even being killed in their pursuit of democracy, how on earth can I make such a statement? I guess because I’m lucky enough to live in a country where I’m free to actually do it. I don’t have to worry about being arrested or being “disappeared”, I don’t have to worry that whoever gets into power will impose on me sanctions that will make my life difficult or even miserable. But why make the statement?
Our system of government has 3 tiers, local, State and Federal, the upcoming election is for the State Parliament. Most candidates belong to a political party and follow the “party line” when it comes to decision making. We have lived in this area for almost 30 years and the same party has “represented us” all that time, first it was the father then his son became the “anointed one”. I have never voted for either of them and I won’t this time. They don’t represent my views at all.
I wish there were no political parties and every voter just voted for the person whose judgement they trusted the most and those people supported legislation in accordance with their conscience. No “grandstanding”, no ego boosting and no decisions made for personal gain, psychological or financial.