Yes Phil is popular down here, but good Government requires more than just a popular leader.
Here’s three reasons I’m feeling very positive about our local campaign:
1/ I find our policies easy to represent to people in Dunedin. Labour is running with strong policies that line up well with the reasons I have chosen to run for parliament. They align with my fundamental belief in the importance of creating a fairer society. I am horrified by National’s priorities. 42% of the value of their 2009 tax-cuts went to the top 10% of income earners. Just 2% of the value went to the bottom 20% of earners. That is not fair. The gap between rich and poor is too large.
2/ The policies Phil has announced show that Labour is prepared to tackle the big issues. Raising the superannuation age tackles the elephant in the room. A capital gains tax stops tax-dodging and pushes money towards productive industries. (It also addresses our debt issue without having to sell our assets). And making kids’ well-being a priority will ensure a better society and economy so that all of us are better off.
3/ Last but not least: local volunteer effort is impressive. The Dunedin North Labour campaign runs on local fundraising. Volunteers knock on doors and distribute pamphlets. They arrange meetings. Volunteers put up and maintain the hoardings we have up around town. Caring and thoughtful local members are dedicated to playing their part in creating a better future for our country. These are just some of the ways they work hard to make it happen.
Traditional voting patterns in Dunedin are strongly Labour. This is something I would never take for granted. Yet the values and ideals of Dunedin residents remain strongly egalitarian. That in itself is cause for a positive outlook.