Steve Pierson: Greens – I want a more left-wing Labour-led government. The Greens’ work rights and environment policies are better than Labour’s and these are the two issues that matter most to me. The Greens will keep Labour moving in the right direction.
Tane: Greens – because we need a strong Green influence in the next government. While Labour has made some great progress over the last nine years they are at times held back by their timidness and their continued adherence to neoliberalism. On every major policy area the Greens’ policies are fairer and more socially and environmentally sustainable than any other party’s.
In Wellington Central I’m backing Labour’s Grant Robertson. It’s nothing against Sue K, but even she knows she’s not going to win. In a two-horse race between Robertson and that bigot Franks there’s really no contest.
all_your_base: Labour – their record and instincts mean they will continue to look after workers. Only Labour puts jobs and wages first.
Dancer: Labour – because while I don’t like everything they do I like most of it, most of the time. And I believe they can handle the bumpy economic situation, that they are a strong, cohesive team, and that they will look out for the people who need the help the most – and that matters to me.
Irishbill: Greens – for much the same reason as Tane. I’m probably going to give my electorate vote to the Alliance or the Workers Party because I live in a safe seat with no tactical voting opportunity and I’d like to see both parties get 5% and get their deposit back. I just haven’t made up my mind which I’ll vote for yet. I guess that makes me a swing voter!
lprent: Labour – For me it is largely a question of observation about relative competence in government. Over the last 35 years, I’ve seen National screwup over and over again through a hopeless sense of what works in government. In the same time, Labour has managed to screwup as well, but a order of magnitude less. Usually the changes that Labour introduces work, persist and make things better and more productive for the whole society, including business.
The current round of National politicians looks as hopelessly incompetent about the role of government as ever, and the Labour politicians have been more competent than usual. I also like that Labour is managing to start building policies for the future, now that they have partially corrected Nationals previous round of policy screwups.