Category Archives: 2008 Election

My commentary on the leadup to this years General Elections. NZ uses the MMP version of Proportional Representation.

Meet our new Prime Minister, National’s Mr John Key

OMG that was a  l-o-o-o-n-g  9 years! I was not surprised by anything much at this election, except perhaps that the moronic Greens managed to extend their vote.

Thank goodness Mr Key has won so emphatically, that he shouldn’t have to even talk to the likes of them.

I was surprised however,  by Helen Clark resigning straight away, on the night. As was everyone,  by the sounds of it. I knew she was gonna go,  but didn’t think she’d be that abrupt about it.

I was not surprised, but considerably sorry to see NZ First fall under the 5% radar, and Winston, very predictably failing to take the Tauranga seat.

Rodney did extremely well for Act, focussing his efforts, as at the last election, on his electorate seat of Epsom, which he again won, so even though they didn’t make the 5%, they still have 5 MP’s in the house, and they will make a natural ally for National.

The Kiwi Party in the end, barely registered on the overall scale, but I wish I could have voted for them.

John Key is our new leader.  So that proves it. There must indeed be, a God up there, in heaven.  🙂

Voting 101 for Seniors

Well election day is here and I don’t have TV to watch it on. That is a peculiar and extreme punishment for a political animal like me. 

My Mum is 80 and lives alone in a Housing Corp unit on a pension and she has a soft spot for Helen Clark. Nevertheless, there is only one vote to cast today, if you are 65 or over, and dependent on the Government for your sustenance, and that is for NZ First.  Whatever drama anyone chooses to cook up around Winston Peters, he is the only person there, save perhaps Jim Anderton, who can be relied upon to look out for the interests of our older citizens.

So that’s it folks. A little late considering you have most likely voted already, but if you haven’t, and if you are on a pension, dont stress about your choice, because there isn’t one.

We went out fairly early this morning, so our democratic right/duty is all done and dusted.  Roll on tonight. I think I’m going to have to go visit someone with a telly.  🙂

NZ National Goal Setting – An idea whose time has come.

www.blog.nzx.com

I don’t usually buy the newspapers, but found this link in the Weekend Herald. It’s quite a novel concept, although you can’t help but wonder why it hasn’t been suggested before now. Kind of transcends all the party political stuff, in favour of the country, and where we want to see ourselves in the future. I downloaded the document and it is a clear, well laid out summary of our economic history, and likely future if we carry on as we have been doing. 13 pages in large easy to read type.

If there’s an economic tsunami on the way, maybe its a fantastic opportunity to re-evaluate what we are doing and where we are going as a nation. So rather than wonder what we’re in for, I thoroughly recommend you check this out, and send it to all your email friends, and maybe a few offline ones too.

Happy voting next Saturday.

NZ Parliamentary Elections 2008

Ok, I’m going to retract my original prediction. It all appears to be going very much National’s way, although there are still a little over 3 weeks before polling day, on November 8th I believe.

The reason I’ve done this about turn, and decided to go with the pundits in predicting a National win, is that there seems to be an appetite for a change of government out there. It’s not so much about National or Labour as it is “let’s have someone new”. So there you have it.  John Key’s boyhood prediction of becoming Prime Minister, may well be about to come true.

The one thing I do not trust him about (and remember, I am generally pro-National), is Nuclear Power. I think he’ll have the damn things under construction, very early in his term. It would be hard to forgive that.

I admire his work ethic and results-oriented style, and I also admire the fact that he appears to be well and truly holding his own against the vastly more experienced Clark. But if he takes New Zealand down the Nuclear Path (BTW, I am no greenie),  it will be the most blatant bit of money making at our country’s expense, ever seen in our history I believe. My six-year old is worried about nuclear power coming to this country. I hope the day doesn’t arrive, when I have to tell him its here.