Rossco Phillips, Wanganui
Two things prompt me to put the proverbial pen to paper.
Firstly, did you all get your lovely little booklet from Don Page titled Healthy Living?
Secondly, I read today that the petition with 10,000 signatures against CSG in our region had to be presented to parliament by a Sydney-based Greens politician because Don and all his other National Party mates wouldn’t go in to bat for their own constituents.
For the almost 40 years I have now lived in this region, Don Page, it seems, has always been there, and despite some differences of opinion (as you would expect between a hippie and a National Party pollie) I always thought Don was not a bad bloke, and I even thought at one stage that if he ran as an independent, I would vote for him.
Well, like a lot of hippies who went back to their middle class suburban lives after an experiment with poverty, Don is showing us who he really is. So while Don wants to show us all how concerned he is for our health (and our kids of course) with his pathetic little book, he is quite happy to champion the cause of mining companies and particularly CSG, which is the greatest single threat to our health and that of our planet I have ever witnessed.
How in hell he can ignore the overwhelming percentage of people in his region who have come from all walks of life to stand against this most evil of practices (unlike the forest protest days when it was just us ragtag bunch of hippies fighting the Establishment) is totally beyond me.
Democracy is not just about being elected, then doing what you want. Any true representative of the people has a responsibility to constantly listen to and monitor the mood of the people and to act upon that, which is obviously the wish of the people. Thanks for nothing, Don!