Way back whenever this election campaign began, I said the election, at least for those on the left or progressive side of politics, was far more about The Greens and NZF than it was about National and NZ Labour.
And so yesterday I threw my party vote at the Green Party. They have by far the boldlest, people centred set of policies. That means they are the best challenge to Liberalism that NZ has at the moment. If I had an old school conservative streak running through me, I might have voted NZF by way of challenging the Liberal dominance of NZ politics. But I haven’t. So I didn’t. As I see it, NZF need to be ‘disappeared’ to prevent NZ Labour following what I believe to be their preferred option – a hook up with NZF to run conservative social policy off the back of Liberal economic policy settings.
My electorate vote also went Green. I dare say Clare Curren will be returned as the MP for South Dunedin. But I threw my vote for “Little finger” (I can’t remember his actual name atm) more to signal what I believe will become a major shift in NZ politics over the next three years. I don’t expect anyone within NZ Labour to be paying attention, but there you go.
In short then, two ticks Green because I’ve had enough of the Liberal bullshit that has hammered NZ these past decades and because I can finally see a viable parliamentary alternative to the tired and destructive “same old”.
I’d raise a glass to a government that was any combination of NZ Labour/Green/MP/Mana.
But I’d simply be drowning my sorrows if NZF or National had any influence in government.
The real work starts after September the 23rd and has nothing to do with parliament. I really am looking forward to jumping in with Metiria Turei and everyone else who would forge a movement to move on this society’s poverty and associated ills – that’s where my real ticks of approval and endorsement go.