Rodney Hide’s on point, as a he frequently is
The real [com]test is [between] John Key versus David Cunliffe. At stake is who gets to run the government for three years.
We must decide whose judgment we want applied to the likes of the global financial crisis, the Canterbury earthquakes, the threat of international terrorism. It’s a big deal.
There’s also the choice of competing policy promises and the respective teams. It’s not just blue versus red. It’s also the support players. There are the Greens and Internet-Mana versus United and Act.
Oh, and Winston. We don’t know which way he would jump if voters handed him the balance of power. I doubt he knows. He’s waiting until after the election to see.
MMP elections are tough for voters. There’s a lot of information to take on board; there’s a lot to weigh up, a lot of choice and a dizzy array of permutations. The conceivable arrangements for government are mind-boggling.
The election is important. It’s big, tough and serious. It’s hard to see what’s happening and what’s at stake whenÂ Dirty PoliticsÂ and the [side shows] are distracting us.