Comment 47413

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted September 09, 2010 at 12:36:28

There's nothing to stop you from running for council. Get elected and you can show them all how it's supposed to be done.

There's plenty of things stopping us from running for office, and even more that would stand in the way of us winning. How many people in this city realistically have the free time and money to stand a chance at winning? I have no doubt that there's a good 20 people at least on RTH who could clean house at any all-candidates debate, but few of us would fare well in the spectator.

This argument is 100% cop-out. It is not our fault that our politicians are inept and our institutions ineffectual.

Politicians like to paint this as an issue of apathy and resentment, but these are legitimate questions and critiques. Every single point Graham brings up is a serious constructive criticism. People despise politicians because politicians almost as a rule act in ways we can't stand. This isn't because we're ignorant, it's because they're failing at their jobs, at our expense.

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