The Maori Party rejected by Maori in favour of Labour and thereby consigned to a well-deserved oblivion. It turns out New Zealanders have no appetite for their racist/separatist agenda. Let that be a lesson to National who pandered to it and thereby shed many voters to NZ First. It will be a blow to National who had hoped their wedding with the Maori Party would loosen traditional ties with Labour. Alas tribal is as tribal does.
Labour placed a distant second with Ardern looking weak in her election night speech. Considering the support she had in the mainstream media she did not do as well as predicted. This was her own fault. She had neither a grasp of Labour policies nor the economic realities of life for most Kiwis. Her stupid disdain for farmers, and those who have worked hard all their lives while threatening to tax them into oblivion was a vote loser.
The bad news was that the Greens made it over the 5% threshold and thereby ensured a few of their zany MPs got another three years at the public trough. The good news is that arch-trougher and hard-left bag lady Denise Roche is not amongst them. I had a drink of champagne to celebrate. She will be reduced to fleecing the ratepayers of Waiheke but this probably won’t be enough to keep up the mortgage repayments (I hope).
ACT still has a seat but will not have to prop up National when it knows it shouldn’t. Hopefully this leaves David Seymour the time to build up the party base so he can get more MPs over the line in the next government.
The minor parties got lots of wasted party votes. Gareth Morgan proved, as Colin Craig had before, that having pots of money to throw away in the hope of personal glory does not go down well with the NZ public. Mana is where it belongs, nowhere.
Peters will take his time to decide the future coalition. His suitors will be making overtures and promises, many of which will not go down well with those who supported them. He’s a wily fox and knows the dangers for minor parties in propping up an unpopular coalition government. Two uneasy bedfellows is hard enough to deal with but three would be impossible.
There are plenty in National who hate Peters more than the Greens. They are already pushing for a coalition with the Greens which is still a possibility. This wouldn’t be all bad from a National point of view. The Greens are weak, woolly and wobbly. The really good thing about such a coalition is that the Greens would cease to exist after propping up National for three years. Their supporters are fanatical cultists, mostly from the hard left, who have long since ditched environment concerns in favour of Communism. They would, rightly, feel betrayed.
What fun the next few weeks will be while National carry on doing business as usual.