Kapi-Mana News : November 22nd 2011
26 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 22, 2011 OPINION PSIS is now a bank! Come and celebrate with us. Come in to The Co-operative Bank Porirua, 4 Norrie Street. We'd love to see you! www.co-operativebank.co.nz We're excited to announce that on October 26th, PSIS became a registered bank. We're now called The Co-operative Bank and we're still 100% owned by our customers. All our co-operative values, our personal ser vice, competitive rates and fees, products and ser vices, and our local commitment will remain exactly the same. The best interests of our customers are still our number one priority. We're New Zealand's first co-operative bank. Help us celebrate! • Come in to our branch for cake on Wednesday 23rd and 30th of November. • Not a customer? Come and find out why now's a great time to become one. ELE-00121-KMN3 Why Pay more to print? 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Phone now for a FREE DVD about our course Wellington Nannies College provides a hands-on, entry-level early childhood education course which equips learners with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to obtain a job as a nanny in New Zealand or overseas. 4090483AA Campaign all style over substance TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL During three out of the past four elections, the official campaign has been disrupted by issues utterly removed from the policies on offer. Each time these side- show issues have derailed the campaign: there have been allegations of cover- ups, political subterfuge and question marks over the media's behaviour. The Epsom cafe saga has been no exception. In 2002, the election campaign was over- taken by the Corngate story, about genetically modified seeds. This led to an epic TV3 confrontation between Prime Minister Helen Clark and inter- viewer John Campbell, with Clark calling Camp- bell a little creep'' for his interview tactics. In 2005, the big distrac- tion was the Exclusive Brethren's funding of anti- Green pamphlets, appar- ently to get around the limits on campaign spend- ing, and allegedly with some tacit support from Don Brash and the National Party strategy team. By contrast, the 2008 election campaign was a fairly straightforward affair. This year has reverted to type, however. The circus in Epsom has done nothing to improve the public's low opinion of politicians -- they've got no respect for truth; or of journalists either -- they've got no respect for privacy. In effect, the public has been made into onlookers during much of this campaign, while the politicians, legal experts and media commentators argued with each other about the ethics and legality of the theatrics in Epsom. Longer term, the politicians should be worried. The brand images of Clark and Brash never recovered from the damage done to them during these diversions, during which they were widely seen to have behaved badly under pressure. Similarly, John Key's benign image may prove hard to resurrect in the wake of the Epsom shenanigans. As these political sideshows have become the norm, more substantive issues have been neglected. The logic of the asset sales programme and the dubious spending plans of both major parties, for example, have received only cursory media attention. In addition, there has been a noticeable lack of credible discussion about how to reduce child poverty, income inequality or youth unemployment. Nor has there been much of a public debate about the voting system referendum. None of this can be blamed on the Epsom cafe tape. Most people derive their news from tele- vision, and long ago public television gave into the financial pressure to promote style over substance. On the voting referendum, public tele- vision has been missing in action entirely. At best, it has described the mechanics of each option, but without shedding any light on the sort of democratic outcomes likely under the alternatives on offer. In that respect, we have gone backwards. Some 25 years ago, the Royal Com- mission had no hesitation in recommending MMP as superior in terms of democratic outcomes, to the FPP, SM or STV systems. Ultimately, this year's election seems likely to hinge on three related factors: whether National can win an absolute majority, whether New Zealand First exceeds the 5 per cent threshold and -- especially -- whether the Greens get more than 10 per cent of the vote. If they do, the main focus of attention next week after the votes are counted will be the Government's negotiations with the Greens, and any mutual goals they can pur- sue through an enhanced memo of under- standing. That's when substance, not style, will finally have its day.
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