The saddest Day for NZ Democracy
I thought it would be close, the landline polls have inflated National and under valued Labour and it came down in the end to a one one vote majority.
This is a terrible result for NZ, not because John Keys vacant aspiration and free market ideas to solve an economic crises caused by those very same free market ideas are a depressing indictment on what passes as intellectual political debate, it is the saddest day for NZ Democracy because this result is the lowest voter turn out since the 1880s!
We have a terribly sick system when so many are disenfranchised from it. 100 000 fewer voters than last election (which was one of the lowest on record), 100 000 fewer voters for National (so Key can't claim a mandate for his policies) and Labour lost quarter of a million votes.
How to re-engage with those NZers who have been disconnected will be the task of any opposition party in 2014.