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Political affiliations . . .
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Re: Footnote to “NZ a model of educational excellence”, Sept 11 letter.
My position as chairperson makes me the official spokesperson for PPTA’s East Coast Region. It is therefore correct for me to write to your newspaper in that capacity on education issues. However — proud as I am to be a member of the Executive of the Green Party — the position does not make me one of its spokespersons. It was therefore correct of me to carefully — not casually — avoid referring to my Green Party membership while writing to you on the subject of Charter Schools.
To save you the trouble of further research, I am also on the Executive Committee of the Computing teachers subject association NZACDITT, a member of the Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Waiapu (in which I am an ordained priest) and a long-standing member of the Automobile Association. These memberships do not make me a spokesperson for any of those organisations either. (I also have in my wallet an expired Rarotongan driver’s licence and some dog-eared loyalty cards from a number of local retail stores.)
Should I look forward to you identifying the political affiliations of other contributors to your opinion pages, or is it just me? RON ELDER
nigel roy mcgregor
09:33 a.m. Thursday, Sep 13, 2012
Sorry, you cannot have it both ways. Being an executive member of a political party and presumably agreeing with their policy is a matter of public interest when entering a political debate which charter schools fall under. By the way, I am not a member of any political party.
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