Mungall win hardly moves the earth

There appears to be little faith in this system called democratic, but which seems to favour those who already have power.

With regard to your headline on the front page on May 15 (“Mungall scores landslide”), Michelle Mungall hardly scored a landslide. The voter turnout was around 50 per cent. She got a 50 per cent vote of that 50 per cent. So if we do the math she actually got the endorsement of around 25 per cent of the eligible voters which is hardly likely to move much earth. I’d say the winner was voter dissatisfaction and apathy.

There appears to be little faith in this system called democratic, but which seems to favour those who already have power. Also there seems to be little faith in politicians who give jobs to their club buddies, award contracts to those who give backhanders or those who have the largest lobby budget and there seems to be no faith in the parliamentarians who display childish competitiveness and slur each other so readily.

Martin Lane

Nelson