Russell Brown dissects the election

tearsofimpotentragePosts, pans, and pannier bags blogger Russell Brown is having conniptions over the minutiae of the election.

1. Christ, what a shellacking. Click around Harkanwal Singh’s Herald interactive. In electorate after electorate, polling place after polling place, National won at least a plurality of the votes. Even where voters collectively chose to return their Labour MPs to Parliament, they generally gave their party votes to National. Labour won the party vote in only five general electorates. I don’t think it’s viable for Cunliffe to stay on after this.

No it isn’t. Cunliffe must go and go now….he lost his own party vote in New Lynn FFS!

3. The election was not primarily about policy. Although it will understandably be regarded as a mandate for National’s policies, I don’t think this has been an election about policy, but about who the voters have seen as fit to govern. Where discrete policies have been tested in polls, the public has often-as-not favoured Labour’s over National’s. They just didn’t back Labour to enact them. I’m very concerned now over what happens in education, where I think the degree of the mess National has already made (National Standards is objectively a shambles) is not widely appreciated.

Gee I wonder why…it was Russell’s pals on the left who committed the real dirty politics…and as a result distracted everyone for four weeks while I copped a public flogging that appears to have hurt the left, enhanced my traffic and increased my readership at the same time as delivering up a majority National government in a third term in an MMP environment. Quite an achievement if you ask me.

4. The majority of the public does not deserve scorn, and neither does the grieving minority. A bunch of my Facebook friends are beside themselves, and that doesn’t mean they’re out-of-touch wankers. They’re entitled to be disappointed that their priorities are not shared. The ones who are already committing to take their own action over child poverty are acting admirably.

Actually Russell those Facebook friends are out-of-touch wankers. In many respects so are you. The cognitive dissonance of the left has been astonishing this year.

5. As David Cunliffe has implied, perhaps the future is indeed the campaign coalition with the Greens that he rejected back in April. I agreed with that choice at the time and now I wonder if I was wrong. The public wanted to see what an alternative government might look like. They should be given the opportunity next time.

Why would the Greens want to work with a bunch of numpties like Labour?

They’d get better policy concessions out of an arrangement with National. And the Greens could use that to rinse Labour and destroy them…something Labour has been trying to do since like forever.

I might be a prick but I am not often wrong when it comes to politics. The left wing and their luvvie pals in the media pretty much get everything wrong.

The tears of impotent rage are copious.


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