Monday, September 22, 2014

Dirty politics gets a voter mandate

Well, here's an ugly three years coming up.  Labour aren't yet fit to govern again, so them getting to form a government would have been a disaster.  Which meant National gets a third term, which will also be a disaster.

Why a disaster?

1. Well, it's not like giving a NZ government a third term tends to work out well, is it?  Muldoon 1981-84, Bolger/Shipley 1996-1999, Clark 2005-2008 - none of them covered themselves in glory.  The incumbents are well into the 'hubris' stage of tragedy by the time they get their third term.

2. The current government has recently been shown to have corrupt ministers, to have presided over misuse of the security/intelligence services, and to have been running a 'two-track' PR system in which ministers or their staff feed information to attack bloggers so they can carry out smear campaigns against people who stand up them.  The voters of NZ effectively just endorsed this behaviour and gave it a mandate to continue.

3. This corrupt, hubris-laden crowd of smear campaigners just got a majority in the House, so can govern without consultation with anyone else (their sock puppets ACT and United Future don't count as 'someone else').  For the last six years we've seen National maintain the bulk of Labour's programme and offer only a limited National programme of running the country for the wealthy at the expense of the people who actually do the work.  I expect that will change now.

9 comments:

David said...

The bitterness is strong in this one.

Never mind, Milt - keep the faith. It is demonstrations of blind faith like yours which gives those who can remain a little more detached and analytical the comfort that the electorate is making generally the correct decisions to ensure a stable electoral cycle. Many on the right will ditch a National Government in a heartbeat if they get to the stage that decisions are contrary to the best interests of the country as a whole, and I'm sure that the same applies to the left - witness the party vote statistics even in strong labour electorate seats this time round. The Maori electorates are the real anomaly so we are bound to see a lot of analysis around why Maori have so strongly supported a party which has shat on them continuously since the seats were formed.
pip pip

gravedodger said...

Not necessarily so Milt, two things stand out as points of difference.
First the background and leadership qualities of the CEO. Key is not a political animal so much as a manager.

Second the significant rebuild of the National caucus with a third of the last bunch replaced in this third term and nearly half of those who won in 2008 but a distant memory.

The Veteran said...

Gueez Milt ... get over it. The people have spoken. Not our fault that the phone was off the hook for you and yours .... just remember that when you point the finger you have another three fingers pointing back at 'you'.

Keeping Stock said...

Democracy's a bitch eh Milt...

Psycho Milt said...

Many on the right will ditch a National Government in a heartbeat if they get to the stage that decisions are contrary to the best interests of the country as a whole...

Given that politics largely involves differing views on what constitutes "the best interests of the country as a whole," that's a completely meaningless statement.

Key is not a political animal so much as a manager.

He's a corporate weasel, which means he's such a professional political animal he shows up Muldoon and Clark for the amateurs they were. Have a look at his role in Brash's demise for an example.

Second the significant rebuild of the National caucus...

Key, English, Joyce, McCully and Brownlee not running things any more, then?

Psycho Milt said...

Democracy's a bitch eh Milt...

Like I said, we'd be facing a world of shit whoever won. As to democracy being a bitch, your party certainly thinks so - they're busy removing elected representatives from tertiary ed institutions and replacing them with government appointees. So much more convenient for the government that way...

gravedodger said...

Of course If Mr c had prevailed then Mallard, King, Goff, would have not made Cabinet, Tui anyone.

Tinman said...

Three more years PM, although I personally think that thrashing by the forces of good deserves at least six.

James Stephenson said...

"I expect that will change now."

I don't. Key has shown a massive reticence to spend any of his political capital in the first two terms and I don't expect any different this time.

I don't think this result says anything about what the voting public think of "dirty" politics other than it's not as important as retaining a government that looks competent.