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Alan Charman - Opinion, Investigation, Dissent
Panic? Don't be silly, why would National panic? Here's where they're definitely not panicking!
 

7 August 2017

This may be the most important election in New Zealand history, and only the young and people with a conscience can make it happen.

Let's do this!

Six weeks to save the planet.

It's that simple, and it's over to you. My generation is going to vote National, or even worse, NZ First, so it's over to you guys.

In the 1960s and '70s, it was the youth of New Zealand that caused change, and stopped our involvement in Vietnam.

Now, it's your turn.

This is your future we're destroying, and it's clear that most young voters do give a fuck. You nearly brought it off in the UK, and gave it a decent shot with Bernie in USA, and helped elect Macron in France.

But New Zealand is the world's social incubator.

We were first with universal suffrage.

We were first with a full welfare state.

We can be the first to show that democratic socialism isn't just a vote, but a way of life.

A way of life that ensures young women aren't forced to live with abusive partners because they have nowhere else to go.

A way of life that ensures those in most need get the most help.

A way of life that says 12 people living in a 2-bedroom flat, or a double garage, is unacceptable in the 21st century.

A way of life that knows that uncontrolled carbon emissions will poison the world.

There's only way this can happen, and that is to elect Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister, which can only happen if you get out and agitate for the next six weeks.

Take a look at history; every giant of New Zealand politics has been a Labour Prime Minister. From the architect of social welfare, Michael Joseph Savage, to the gigantic power for equality and fairness that was the still-lamented Norman Kirk, to David Lange and Helen Clark, it is Labour who have improved the lot for all New Zealanders.

Vote Labour. Show the world it can, and must, be done.