Doing my civic duty is more entertaining this year somehow. - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 26th, 2013
08:56 am - Doing my civic duty is more entertaining this year somehow.
Remember that aspiring local body politician I quoted the other day? Well, I also posted a link to it on Twitter. And last night at 1am I got a reply:
.@tatjna: we' headed eat healthy sandwich, enjoy park benches $5 cafe? 4 x street neighbr, giv'em THERMOMET cut pwr waste. 18C Deg cosy WCC— Don S. McDonald (@McDONewt) September 25, 2013
I think what he's trying to say here is that we are all headed towards eating healthy sandwiches on park benches and that we should have cafes where everything is $5. That we all need to have 4 neighbours on our street and he will give them THERMOMETERS because then they will only heat their homes to a cosy 18 degrees and that will save power.
Of course, for many people in Wellington, getting their homes up to 18 degrees first would be a good start. Thermometers won't fix this, insulation will. So anyway, I replied to the guy going "Dude, you need to work on clarifying your statements. Your code is almost indecipherable." Because I had to make a lot of assumptions to turn his words into policy, and he comes across as eccentric at best. I am actually concerned the guy has lost it and will probably leave him alone now.
Seriously, local body elections are hilarious. For a start, we have a comedian running for one of the wards (the same one as our mate up there actually, now that'd be entertaining..).
But the thing I'm finding most amusing about it is the way a lot of the people who are running are utterly clueless. I mean seriously. We have John Morrison, who just last week stated loudly and publicly that he wanted to shower with a body art model at a Rotary Club event and then followed up with "I am not a misogynist, I work well with women" in his apology.
But wait, there's more. You know how when folks are trying to get elected they fill your mailbox with bits of paper saying why you should vote for them? Well, John Morrison thought it'd be a good idea to personalise his ones. So the man of the house got one that was about sports, and the woman got one that was about parking for shopping.
Guess who's not getting my vote? Or that of pretty much any self-respecting woman?
And then there's Rex Nicholls, who's running for council and I've been told is married to ex-mayor Kerry Prendergast. This man completely fails at social media. Yesterday's tweet from him regarding the encumbent mayor Celia Wade-Brown:
Why is Celia wearing the same dress for the entire mayoral campaign? And it isn't flattering at all.... Shouldn't a friend take her aside?— Rex Nicholls (@RexWgtn) September 24, 2013
As you can imagine, this went all over the Wellington corner of the internet quite quickly too - because there's nothing like criticising a female politician's appearance to
@RexWgtn I am unimpressed by the shirt in your icon. It isn't flattering at all. And since we all vote based on fashion....— Tatjna (@tatjna) September 25, 2013
Because I am a smartarse.
So anyway, after an entertaining day of taking the piss out of the candidates, last night I sat down to do my postal ballot. I studiously read all the people's policies before ranking them in preferential order (we use the Single Transferable Vote system). While I was reading I came across this statement:
"Our family enjoy all the normal things Wellingtonians love - Saturday morning sports, taking the dog to the bech, walking in the greenbelt, and occasionally sleeping in!"
To which Dr Wheel and I both went "That is normal? Shit, we're doing it wrong!" Which led to a discussion of what normal is and how many people actually do those things he thinks are normal on a regular basis. I had to know. So without further ado, I present:
Which of the following do you do regularly?
Which of the following do you think normal people do regularly?
And a third question that the poll widget wouldn't let me add because it can't handle two kinds of response: What the hell is normal anyway?
Please fill out my poll, it is important for our political process!
Meanwhile, you know what I'd vote for? A council that employs waste management contractors who aren't fascists. Seriously. The list of instructions on how to present your recycling is a whole bloody page, and if you get one thing wrong they just don't pick it up.
Yesterday, ours got left behind. I checked it against the instructions and can't see anything wrong with it. There was no sticker (apparently they are supposed to leave a sticker?) telling us there was anything wrong with it. They just left it. They won't be back for two weeks, by which time we'll have twice as much recycling (the bin is already full) and still no clue as to what exactly wasn't perfect with our recycling presentation.
Unimpressed Tats is unimpressed and will be phoning the council for a moan today. And then probably putting our recycling in the landfill just to get rid of it. I am not convinced this is an effective way of encouraging Wellingtonians to recycle, just saying.