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Labour got a huge boost for not mishandling COVID (not that hard given NZ's unique geographical isolation) and got 49% of the popular vote, and 64 out of 120 membres of Parliament.

National had an annus horribilus with several scandals and three leaders in quick succession, and collapsed to a level I can confidently say without looking it up, is their lowest since the party was formed nearly a century ago : 27% and 35 seats.

The ACT party, NZ's hard right, went from 1 to 10 MPs (on 8% of the vote). A natural reaction to National's hopelessness, but a danger for the future. Socially conservative, not overtly racist but extreme neolibs.

The Greens were very junior coalition partners in the outgoing government, and I feared they might get eliminated by the 5% threshold; but it seems that some voters of the left realised that Labour was heading for a landslide and voted to keep them in the game : 7.5% and 10 MPs, up two. This is the first time a minor party has survived coalition without being punished, and bodes well for the future. Also, smart young queer Chloe Swarbrick won my electorate of central Auckland (a crucial insurance policy agains the 5% electoral threshold for the party), and the world is a better place for it.

New Zealand First, not so much a centrist party as a wild-card party, has been wiped out. As its charismatic leader, who has been deputy Prime Minister with both left and right, is 75 and in poor health, this looks like the end, and good riddance.

Ardern is not commiting to a new coalition with the Greens; she's got the numbers to govern alone, and they would be foolish to accept whatever very poor offer she might eventually make. They need to be in opposition. Ardern's actual record is actually pretty poor, and not discernably progressive; her program for the next three years is not going to be any better.

A good wrap-up

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 05:17:03 PM EST
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[Footnote] The National party only exists since 1936, but indeed, this is their worst-ever result. The nearest comparison is 1935, when the coalition government of the liberal and conservative parties (which united to become National) were swept aside by the first Labour landslide, 46% to 33%.

My own political consciousness starts in 1972 with a big Labour win; that government was progressive but short-lived. I participated in the biggish win of 1984, but that ended very badly indeed, as the rudderless Labour government was hijacked by the free-market loonies who subsequently formed the ACT party. Hence my low expectations for the next few years.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 05:54:59 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 18th, 2020 at 08:18:42 PM EST
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Green vote on proposed Labour deal expected this afternoon:
Green Party delegates will vote on whether to accept a proposed deal with Labour at 4pm today.

Several rounds of talks on potential areas of cooperation between the two parties concluded on Thursday.

Neither side has said what exactly was on the table, but RNZ understands Greens co-leader James Shaw has been offered the climate-change portfolio.

Waiting for the details to leak.

by IdiotSavant on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 02:25:06 AM EST
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NZ Election 2020 live updates: Green Party delegates accept deal with Labour

Delegates have voted to accept a deal with Labour which will give it two ministerial portfolios outside of cabinet.

See my earlier expression of hope and trust in PM Jacinda Ardern on this thread. 😊 🌿

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 31st, 2020 at 08:28:33 AM EST
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