Hey "MAKKA" McKENNA here,
IT'S TRUE - INDEPENDENT VOTERS ARE THINKING VOTERS WHO CARE AND WANT TO HOLD PARTIES ACCOUNTABLE OR AT LEAST GIVE THEM A KICK IN THE PANTS ... and it does work - I KNOW THIS AND YOU WILL SOON IF YOU DON'T ALREADY KNOW IT.
The campaign has really been too much fun. No really it has. One by one as I meet people I'm quite certain I get most of their votes simply because someone is making an effort but as they talk to others and share the ideas about what many think should be done - even more people realise there are alternatives to the PARTIES. Some people like me take it seriously enough to pay for there own campaign, talk to many people, write up their thoughts and reflect them in a platform.
My platform may not be perfect but many people immediately nod their heads in agreement as they review the planks - one by one - so what are the next steps:
Firstly, we will find out who lied to who in the preference negotiations and we will make it completely clear and public going forward.
Secondly, we will highlight who failed to live up to deals and follow through with their commitments to other candidates. Obviously I will take great pleasure in highlighting any dirty play on that front.
Thirdly, we will continue to remind the winner about the community-based platform and failures to show leadership beyond turning up for photo shoots and empathizing with failed local projects.
Fourthly, we will recruit supporters who really are sick of the main game political parties who gather funds from sponsors who seek favours with Government Ministers.
Fifthly, we will gradually build a community profile and be ready with initiatives and resources to take them to task with more than a few people who voted INDEPENDENT.
Sixthly, we will be consultative, pro-active and reflective about what we know and how the PARTIES fail to create the conversations that need to be held with community groups beyond the old faithful.
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE - but it really is about keeping them ACCOUNTABLE not about WINNING - as good as that might be - IT ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN THIS TIME ... BUT STAY TUNED ...