50% of people are below average by definition, and tonight nearly all of them voted National. Auckland will have to wait 3 more years to progress their rail plans, but then after 3 years there won’t be any money for any rail projects since National are going to send us into huge debt for its stupid motorway plans. An unbridled National is going to be a rude shock, and I predict a lot of the mediocre, low-information voters are going to regret voting the way they did today.
Interesting the polls in the Herald and the Fairfax press were all found to be so wrong. National got 48.0% of the party vote. What happened to the 53% and 54% those mainstream media polls were predicting? Hey that’s outside their published error rates. I think they’ve been shown to be biased propaganda rather than objective polls. I hope someone does a full analysis. I hope the newspapers publish apologies to all their readers.
It’s great to see the back of most of the ACT Party. And it is great to see the Greens get more members into parliament. Congrats Julie Anne.
Thankyou MMP for saving the country from a wipeout. 52% didn’t vote National. Thankyou each and everyone of you in that 52%. Unfortunately we’re still under mediocrity rule. 3 years is a long time to wait for positive change. It looks like MMP is going to stay, so this born to rule mob can’t take democracy away from us. (Although they would if given a chance – they want to win 75% of the seats with that 48% vote. It was bloody rude of them to force the referendum onto us.)
I predict a 3 year delay in the Ngauranga-Petone cycleway. I predict we’ll be a fatter and sadder lot as we build more motorways and tie our future even further to mandatory motoring. We’re going to be stuck more in traffic.
There is no hope for improved air quality, as I bet Nick Smith is going to put further delays on implementing clean air laws, whilst still 1100 people are going to die due to wood smoke every year. Kiwi kids are still going to have asthma rates 6 times the world average. That’s woodsmoke for you, picking its victims indiscriminately.
The Basin Reserve is fucked.
Pautahanui Inlet is going to be silted up quicker.Battle Hill Park is stuffed.
Our conservation lands are going to be more overrun with deer and possums as DOC gets further squeezed.
More of us are going to be out of work. More of us are going to be living in poverty. More of us are going to be living in Australia. The minimum wage there is NZ$18.76.
I scrutineered the count in a rural Horowhenua booth tonight. I still wonder why most of my neighbours voted National. Why? I can’t think of any reason why anybody would? I can believe they did what the newspapers told them to with their bullshit polls, or the 4 times as many as everyone else blue billboards told them to. I don’t believe they thought about it very much. You get what you vote for (at least under MMP) and too many were mediocre and voted for the mediocre lot.