Opportunity Lost

At the end of the day some you win some you don’t. Justice Crew

The triumph of dirty politics?

By Roger Childs

Bill English: set to continue as prime minister

After nine years of the rich getting fatter, poverty numbers getting higher, foreign investors getting richer and the rivers getting dirtier, the country missed its chance to start turning back the tide of inequality and unfairness.

National probably did much better than even they expected, and the smug Winston is once more the Kingmaker. And he’ll make us wait, again!

Sadly it was probably Steven Joyce’s Plan B with the dirty tricks, once Labour got close, that saw the Nats pull away over the last week. Bill English claims he has the moral authority to  govern, but morality has nothing to do with it.

A bold bid from Labour

Jacinda provided some spark in the campaign

The late change in Labour leadership was a masterstroke, that should have seen the dynamic and charismatic Jacinda Ardern become our new prime minister. The positive campaign from the opposition was refreshing, a sharp contrast to the dishonesty of the Nats.

Labour resisted attacking English for his dishonesty over the Todd Barclay affair, the excessive reliance on Chinese donations or the tolerance of an MP who, reports have suggested,  could have links with the Chinese secret service.

Rather the party emphasized the need for reducing poverty, improving health and housing, taxing water users and cleaning up our rivers.

Sadly the voters who, are generally more interested in themselves than the country, succumbed to the misinformation and scaremongering of the Tories.

 Creating fear

Voters are wanting to go forward with National rather than back with Labour. Bill English

Steven Joyce: a master of misinformation

National’s tactics over the last couple of weeks were typical of their campaigning in recent elections. Steven Joyce’s claim of an 11.7 billion hole in the Labour budget was rubbished by every economist in sight, but obviously cast doubt in the minds of some voters.

Then, there was the dishonest TV commercial indicating that Labour would increase income tax. Furthermore, Bill English was claiming that the water tax might cost some famers more than $100,000 a year and that consumers could face increased food costs… The list of alternative facts goes on.

However, the underhand tactics obviously worked, and the Nats seem certain to have their coveted fourth term.

On the positive side …

Labour will be a much stronger opposition with more than 20 MPs than previously and Ardern, as she showed in the television debates, will be a match for English in the House.

The demise of the Maori Party is good news, as there is no place or need in our society for a party based on ethnicity. Hopefully this may be a catalyst for the abolition of the Maori seats, which are such a glaring example of political inequality.

The Kingmaker relishing his role

Winston Peters will keep the country waiting while he decides where New Zealand First will go. He campaigned on the slogan HAD ENOUGH? which presumably meant, of National.

He could throw his support in behind a Labour – Green Coalition, but this is unlikely as he probably has less love for the Greens than the Tories.

National is by far the biggest party, and even though special votes, (about 15% of the total ballots cast), may see some minor changes in seat totals, English does have a mandate, if not the moral authority, to govern.