618 - why voting rights like a license to drive should be reviewed with age
me: have you been out to vote already?
me: did mum* vote**
dad: no, I voted for her
dad: oh I ticked the boxes for her, she had no idea what to do
....til this moment I would have said my father is one of the most ethical people I know. All this was shot down in a moment.
However, while the election was a wash out for Helen Clark, ending a four term labour reign, there was one small victory. National did not win the seat that my parents voted in. Sadly though this conservative party seemed to have enough geriatrics ticking the boxes for them over all and have gained a clear majority (which is quite a feat under proportional representation) to rule.
* regular readers might remember my mum is going down the slippery path of Alzheimer's
** like the USA, voting is not compulsory in New Zealand