Keep your eyes on the motorway, Melissa

May 12, 2009

There are bigger issues at stake in Mt Albert – motorway developments, for example – than the ill-considered remarks of the pharmacist who told Melissa Lee he wouldn’t vote for her because he “didn’t think we need Asians in Parliament”.

Actually, there’s not much anyone can do about the opinions that people harbour.

One of Alf’s constituents wouldn’t vote for him because “we don’t need geriatrics in Parliament”, then moved to Sydenham and voted for Jim Anderton. It takes all sorts in a democracy.

Anyway, after raising a ruckus, the pharmacist has been gracious enough to apologise.
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Philatelist puts his stamp on Mt Albert campaign

April 24, 2009

Alf is tempted to move to Wellington. Only temporarily, mind you.

He would like to exercise his democratic right and not vote for Jackson James Wood, editor of the student magazine Salient and a candidate in the Mt Albert by-election.

Wood has properly identified concerns about the entry of Greens co-leader Russel Norman into the tightly contested race.

“Amidst all this talk of splitting the centre-left vote, I think people have lost sight of the real issue here,” Wood said.

“While there is certainly a chance of a centre-left vote split, the real issue is the splitting of the Wellington vote.”
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