Here’s what should happen in my ideal world.
National will poll highest and form a government with ACT and NZ First. The Maori Party will be obliterated, and therefore unable to extend its racist agenda. The coalition will replace the Resource Management Act with a new planning act that will restore individual property rights and remove the anti-democratic clauses that impose unelected members on Councils. The Waitangi Tribunal will be abolished along with the Maori seats in Parliament. Immigration will be restricted to those who bring assets and skills the country needs.
Labour will rightly be relegated to the doldrums for another three years during which time it will figure out that a cultural Marxist agenda will be rejected again and again by the electorate, as will disrespecting our primary producers who bring in the lion’s share of the nation’s wealth. Taxing productive citizens so those in the state protected bubble can enjoy high salaries, benefits and pensions is a recipe for economic ruin.
The Greens will fall under the 5% threshold and disappear for good. Any party that has as its main focus the absurd religion of climate change deserves to fail. It would rid Parliament of one of its most useless politicians, hard left list MP Denise Roche, who looks set to lose her seat anyway being so low down on the party list. The only downside is that Roche would then to free to poison local politics here in Green-land (otherwise known as Waiheke Island), but I would count it a small price to pay.
ACT will retain its seat in Epsom and be a thorn in Winston Peter’s side which is no bad thing.
All other ‘minor’ parties will not reach 5%.
It is still possible Winnie will choose to make up a coalition with Labour/Greens, in which case let's sit back and enjoy the fun. These misfits would spend so much time trying to get to grips with the more idiotic aspects of each others policies that not one piece of legislation is likely to get passed.
The best that can be said of this election is that it’s been better entertainment than 99% of the usual fare dished up nightly on the box. At least it turned into a decent horse race once those teeth had entered the fray. Before Ardern galloped into view under the racing name “Taxinda” ridden by the mainstream media, the election was a pedestrian affair with boring Bill in the lead. Once she got into her stride it was simply a matter of which party would offer the biggest bribes. Thank goodness the NZ Taxpayers Union have costed the in its handy Bribe-o-meter. Sadly, the media didn’t know when to stop whipping up its champion filly causing her to flag at the last hurdle.
There will doubtless be surprises on the night with lots of horse trading to follow. Weeks of uncertainty will be followed by a hefty dose of realism as the chaos threatens to take New Zealand down the slippery slope of economic disaster. Should we worry?
Government interference in our lives is far too great. In such circumstances inertia can be desirable, so if it is hamstrung for three years so much the better. I suspect we’ll all survive and thrive.