To Protest or to persuade


Protesting is demeaning for protesters – they have to beg their own government to change

Protesting is like a battle that is contact free – a battle of words

Protesters photo courtesy of The Australian

It is a fight  with a winner and a loser

Its basis is strength to make the government do what is wanted

It takes on the government when both sides know that the advantage lies completely with the government

If the government does what protesters want it looks beaten – like a loser


Persuasion is gentle and private – in parliamentary inboxes

It is based partly on logical arguments

When it is done by voters it carries a much more important message that the government might lose votes

That is particularly so if the voter cares enough to pay to send Votergrams

Votes are much more important to politicians than the logic of any issue

That voting power of political persuasion can be exercised by a voter going into a marginal electorate and upsetting the status quo

With persuasion, the politicians look like winners if they do what is wanted, so it is more appealing to them

 Teachings of Christ

“Do to others as you would like others to do to you”. Christ’s message is as important when influencing politicians to improve society as in every other aspect of life.  Voters Network and FairGO are based on many principles of Christian teaching whilst by no means being limited to Christians

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