Sunday, November 27, 2011

Let the good times roll

Have we just witnessed the last election of a centre right government in NZ.

The left have now successfully split into unbreakable factions who can easily manipulate a referendum surviving MMP to ensure a 50%+ vote in 2014. They will cobble together to vote for letting the good times roll - more tax, more borrowing, more bureaucracy, more rules, more control, more welfare plus encourage any freeloaders who will be more than happy to come along for the ride. Labour, Greens, Winston First, United Future, Mana......they will all be queuing at the trough.

Who leads Labour post Goff will be immaterial. They only need to find someone who can lie with a straight face, so that shouldn't be a problem.

The right have 3 short years to sort out a strategy to counter this threat. Politics in NZ is about to become much more extreme. The days of smile and wave are over.

The demise of ACT in all but name is a good thing as the right can start with a clean sheet.



10 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

The demise of ACT in all but name is actually a very bad thing, as it means the right can't start with a clean sheet - ACT continues to exist in name only as a kind of zombie run by National, with Banks an obedient automaton for his National masters. It would have been far better for the right if Banks had been defeated and ACT disbanded.

It's also ridiculous for people (on the left and right) to keep referring to Winston First as "left." These people are natural conservatives and there's a very good reason NZ1's policies are barely distinguishable from the Conservative Party's. It's only the personal enmity between Peters and the National Party that makes his party a potential coalition partner for Labour - once Winston finally pops his clogs those votes will return to National or some other right-wing party.

Lou Taylor said...

It's going to be messy Milt.
I put NZFirst in the left camp because they all share one common value- dishonesty.

Mort said...

NZ1st are left wing because they promise to take from one person who is seen as being able to withstand the loss and give it to someone else, someone who didn't actually do anything for it apart from vote for the thief to carry on the thieving....
Money for nothin and your walking sticks for free

Socialists are inherently authoritarian.

Psycho Milt said...

Well, if your definition of 'left" is "dishonest,' there certainly will never be a 'right' govt elected - nor has there ever been one.

Lou Taylor said...

...more dishonest!!

Barnsley Bill said...

Winston is neither left nor right. He is simply a very good salesman with an eye for the main chance. However, John key refusing to allow any deal with Peters will seriously dent his chances of getting paid by his mates in the racing and fishing industries. If he aint getting a taste we can look forward to him trying to poofinger the govt at every opportunity.

Barnsley Bill said...

And to asnswer your initial question. Yes. This will be the last right of centre government.
Three years to get your finances set.

JC said...

All the Nats need is a "Country Party" to contest 100% of provincial NZ electorates whilst the Nats fight it out in the cities.

In concept and effectiveness its that simple.

JC

maxx said...

Bollocks to the idea that it will be the last centre right government. The far left always attacks the middle class where most of the votes are. The vote will soon shift back to the right and new right wing vehicles will be spawned. It would only take one coalition from hell.

James said...

Forget "left and Right"....defunct now. The positions in existence are "authoritarian vs Libertarian"...in various degrees and shades etc but them's the two camps...The Authoritarians range widely from NZF and The Cons through to the Greens and Mana. The Libertarians by contrast are almost non existent in party form.

A new,100% consistent Liberal/freedom party that supports both economic AND social liberalism coupled with personal responsibility and the protection of individual human rights is now desperately required and would have a massive chunk of the potential voter base to attach and unite towards a pro freedom goal.