Monday, September 25, 2017

ONE MORE OBSERVATION FROM ELECTION NIGHT

It took my very good friend Ken from the Sandgroper State (watching our election results live on TV) to remind me about the absolutely bizarre performance by James Shaw when they cut to him for his 'victory' address.   Yep, we know the Greens are all for legalising the weed but if there was any doubt about its mind altering properties his performance would have easily dispelled them.

The Greens polled a third of where they were two months ago; they came within less than a percentage point of being turfed out of Parliament; they were reduced from 14 MPs to just 7 ... yet here he was claiming a mighty victory for the 'progressive' forces ... not sure I ever put Winston in the progressive category.

His actions were reminiscent of that of Mike Moore late on election night in 1993 with his demand to Bolger that he 'hand over the keys' to government' ... and of course we all know what happened to Moore soon after ... rolled by Clark.    Perhaps, just perhaps, Julie-Anne Genter's time has come. 

   

6 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

The Greens polled a third of where they were two months ago; they came within less than a percentage point of being turfed out of Parliament; they were reduced from 14 MPs to just 7 ...

Which is better than where they had been a couple of weeks before, and which is presumably why the first thing he said in his speech was "If you'd told me two months ago that I would have been happy with tonight's result, I simply wouldn't have believed you."

Rather than claiming "a mighty victory for the 'progressive' forces," he said "the indications are that the three opposition parties command a majority of votes once the special and overseas votes have been counted," and that this means "New Zealanders have voted for change." That just looks like a statement of facts to me, not some kind of vainglorious boasting. The parties of the current government secured less than half the vote, so he's entitled to call that a vote for change.

Much of the rest of his speech focuses on the fact that the progressive forces don't get to form a government without NZ First. Again, nothing delusional about that.

The Veteran said...

PM ... methinks thou dost protest too much. The Greens were always going to be there (no thanks to Me Tu) but in a three way coalition the best they can hope for will be a couple of seats in the outer cabinet and very little influence on overall government direction as Socialist Cindy and Winston First lock horns over the real important stuff like handing New Zealand back to the Unions.

Anonymous said...

Milf...if those on the aparthied roll hadn't eaten their own and the bowtied clown bailed, there would have been no change at all. Aside from these minor variations....you couldn't have got a emphatic vote for stasis. To claim otherwise is grandiloquent drivel

pdm said...

anon 10.33am.

What a shame you did not use a nom de plume because you sold yourself short by not doing so.

Loved your use of grandiloquent even if I did have to google it to make sure it meant what I thought it did - but, how will I know when you post next.

Psycho Milt said...

...if those on the aparthied roll hadn't eaten their own and the bowtied clown bailed, there would have been no change at all.

If things had been different, they'd be different? Why, yes, they would. But they aren't. How the current government parties' support came to be 46% is irrelevant.

Psycho Milt said...

Veteran: the best they can hope for is to actually be part of a government, get to implement some of their policies, and get the environment a lot higher on the political agenda. Better than they've had from the last few elections, for sure.