A singular and a plural don’t go together.
Your premise (that they is inevitably plural) is false: “singular they ” has long been a part of normal English speech, and is more commonly used today – even in edited writing – than any alternative way of referring to an individual of unknown gender.
Bodine, Ann (1975). Androcentrism in prescriptive grammar: singular ‘they’, sex-indefinite ‘he’ and ‘he or she’. Language in Society 4: 129-146.
Gerner, Jürgen (2000). Singular and plural anaphors of indefinite personal pronouns in spoken British English. In Kirk, J. (ed.) Corpora Galore: Analyses and Techniques in Describing English. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 93-114.
Holmes, Janet (1998). Generic pronouns in the Wellington Corpus of Spoken New Zealand English. Kotare 1: 31-39.
Laitinen, Mikko (2002). He and they in indefinite anaphora in written present-day English. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 7 (2): 137–164.
Except that he started off with “rather”, which implies that he regards the following order as a mistake.
ETA: "should be no more than necessary to achieve that" goes a bit too far -- I suspect it's "should be at least sufficient to achieve that"
I sympathise with your frustration, but not voting is self-defeating: it just ensures that nobody in the next government will feel any need to listen to you either.
(Meanwhile, with great timing, PAS provides another pro-voting argument here. )
You meant putting the cart before the horse ... rather than the reverse?
Act Party press release declaring Whyte the winner of the minor party leaders’ debate
i.e. the gold minor; at least, that's their claim
I remember that as the march where we were addressed thusly: “This is not the ‘Lockwood Blows Goats’ march. Maybe we can have one of those next week.”
But yeah -- all of this is a sideshow. How about some actual policy coverage in our news?
If National end up holding power without any effective checks or balances, there is even better reason -- based on past performance and signalled policies, rather than on fear and uncertainty -- to have concerns about what that may lead to.
I.e., it's OK to have and express opinions about political parties, but not OK to misrepresent or hide relevant political affiliations when doing so.
(obligatory full disclosure: I am not, and have never been, a member of any political party.)
off they go overseas, taking their intellects with them
and leaving only politicians behind.
Someone* once said
* Anatole France, Le lys rouge [The Red Lily](1894)