i had to be in auckland this saturday, so took the opportunity to spend time on the mt albert campaign. i had a great time, and the campaign is very well-organised and vibrant. volunteers were coming through the door all day, and there was a really electric atmosphere.
i did some door-knocking on one of the nicer streets, and we got a reasonable response. there were some undecideds and a couple of i-don't-cares. funniest was one fellow who told me he was a definite nat, but would be voting for david shearer because of that melissa lee. and i think this is one the main problems she faces: she has alienated some of national's core support.
also did a spot of leafletting and got called a communist - well not directly. some middle-aged white guy said something along the lines of "are those pamphlets from that communist labour party?". yeah, really witty. i wish i'd asked him if his parents had smacked him when he was little.
it was certainly an interesting day, and it helped that it was bright and sunny. and once again, i have to hand it to the volunteers. all those people who put in countless hours for a cause they believe in and for no personal gain. it's so frustrating that the rest of the population don't realise the benefit they receive from these people who are basically the wheels of our democracy. there are the people who think about policy and put forward ideas and who debate the issues; those who work on fundraising; those who volunteer for the dull administrative work; those who pound the pavement, and plenty more.
these are the people who ensure the party functions and provides a vehicle for social democratic ideas to become part of government policy. i salute you all, you're doing a wonderful job.