On Saturday a dozen Labour Party members took a trip from Dunedin to Milton, Balclutha and a few other small places in between, to collect signatures for the Citizens Initiated Referendum to Keep our Assets.
A couple of observations:
1. Almost everyone we came across wanted to sign. A carful of young blokes in a 1970s Holden at the service station heading on a day out. A farming family from Gore. Shopkeepers, EVERYONE at the RSA…
2. I was told that Bill English’s offices in Gore and Balclutha are rarely open. I asked where do people go if they have constituency issues? The response was a resigned “nowhere”. I have told people to contact my office in Dunedin South if they have issues that need dealing with. It means more work for my staff, but it’s pretty shocking if the local MP can’t provide representation.
Bill English, it appears many people in your electorate don’t want you to sell our assets. And how about being a bit more available to them!