Democracy may be inconvenient at times but to work it has to be used by all.Bruce Welsh
The pending departure of Paul Eagle from the Labour stronghold of Rongatai electorate in Wellington has prompted New Conservative stalwart, Bruce Welsh into early election action.
New Conservative’s confrontations with mainstream media are a regular event, resulting in a court case in the 2020 campaign, so a punch at the media is not unexpected.
With the current political turmoil and dissatisfaction, the Wellington architect may have a point, though.
“It actually takes a lot of courage and usually cost to stand publicly as a candidate and this should be respected by both the media and community groups.”
The value in a democracy, Welsh says, “is that anyone can put themselves forward to represent their community or present their viewpoint.”
He goes on to say, “We are seeing a growing trend among both media outlets and community groups to pre-select our options in democratic debates and elections.”
Reflecting on this year’s Local Body Campaign, particularly in Auckland and Wellington and the recent Hamilton West By-election, Welsh outlined his party’s policy:
New Conservative believe that every candidate should be treated equally and given equal opportunity in the media and public arena to present their case.
The question here may be whether party politics with the help of our msm media has displaced electorate representation to the extent that electorate campaigns and local news outlets no longer provide the important balance that previously existed.
“There should be no pre-selection where only a limited group of candidates are given an opportunity to speak or are profiled in the media.” Said, Welsh.
Realistically, some issues present themselves by virtue of necessity at election time, as education will next year or naturally by controversy as is the case with the surreptitious progression of 3 Waters.
Looking at the co-governance brigade protesting in Kaipara it may also be said that the integrity of local body democracy is suffering from that dominating perspective.
So, in the end it may point to a lack of understanding, trust and participation in a system, that as Welsh says, “Needs to be used by all.”
Source: New Conservative Press Release 16.12 2022