The past twenty years in politics

Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, November 05, 2008. Credit:NZPA / Wayne Drought

There is nothing like a quiet Sunday morning to do some reflection (after the household tasks have been done, of course!)  I was thinking back to the 2002 election and the appalling result for the National party. I admit that I understand why it happened because I was one of the many National voters to ‘jump ship’ that election.

When Clark took the reins after the 1999 election she immediately swung into action and, in short time, ‘made good’ on her election promises. Reluctantly, I was impressed by her and the legislation her government had passed so, along with many others, I voted for her in 2002. The vote swing was so strong that Doug Graham only just retained his Remuera electorate seat!

Looking back, I recognise that Clark was clever in her choice of promises and action. It was legislation that was necessary and appealed ‘across the board’.  However, once she was re-installed for a further term, she reverted to her basic Socialist beliefs and all lefty hell was let loose between 2002 and 2005.

Remember the battle she had in 2005?  She was rapidly losing support as the election loomed, then, in an inspired move, she made irresistible promises to university students: an expensive promise but it worked. They scraped in. Whew!

DAVID WHITE/STUFF
Former Labour Prime Minister Helen Clark is confident Jacinda Ardern will “make a good fist” of leading the country.

Helen Clark’s Socialist beliefs run deep. In the 1970’s she was heavily involved in the Socialist Action League before they merged with the Labour party to give them more strength and a bigger voice. Clark and her offsider H2 are obviously a major influence behind the current government which has a former international Socialist leader as it’s Prime Minister. Can you see the pattern?

 

by The Blonde


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