At 14:13 27/06/00, Moloney, Mark wrote:
>Fergal wrote (Tuesday, 27 June, 2000 14:03):
>The politicians like most people just did what they could get away with
>>That's a very cynical attitude. My experiences suggest that most people are
>decent(tm) and good(tm). For example... here we are talking on a list that
>represents a community of people involved - to greater or lesser degrees -
>in a movement (albeit merely software) where the philosophy is one
>emphasising cooperation (the Sesame Street ideal) and working not solely for
>individual gain but to benefit your community fellows.
I suppose it was unfair to lump everyone with the politicians. How about
many politicians did what they could get away with, others let them because
it suited them (remember revelations have been made that both sides would
prefer to have kept quiet) and the rest didn't have the balls to bring it
out in the open.
As for the people, they were happy enough to let it go as long as they were
still getting their pay rises/headage payments/whatever.
>However, that said, since you can only vote for valid electoral candidates,
>sometimes it's a matter of trying to pick the best of a bad lot... if you
>lie down with the dogs, you wake up with the fleas.
There are always plenty of independent candidates and they're not _all_
mental and even if they were all mental, voting for one of them still sends
a message. With PR, you can give a looney your first preference and still
have your vote end up with "real" politician, hopefully putting the wind up
the establishment in the process,
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