The No campaign has won with a 67% vote for no to selling down NZs assets. For the politically aware, the message is clear to the Government that thinking NZers with some grasp of economic sovereignty see the hollowing out of public assets to be a terribly stupid idea.
The insanity and economic vandalism to actively amputate the States ability to generate revenue to redistribute into society by selling public assets that we all own and have built with our taxes down to a small elite who have the money to snap up these once public goods is the very definition of ideological fanaticism.
Unluckily for those who voted no, Key has no interest in our vote, Key is focused only on the vast majority of FM radio listening voters who are either tuned out or are politically unaware…
…with a low 43.9% turn out I think this referendum result is effectively a political stalemate. I believe that the next election will be razor close with either the left or the right faction winning by only 1 or 2 votes, (a scenario painted out by the latest Roy Morgan Poll), and that closeness is being reflected in this result.
Yes the turn out shows a massive geographic advantage to fight National…
…but the reality is that’s still only 43.9% of those eligible to vote.
The problem is that the disaffected, disengaged, apathetic masses don’t feel any real sense of empowerment in the decisions being made. In a culture of cynicism where Russell Brand’s call to unplug as an intellectually justifiable position gained massive social media traction, the solutions have to be genuine to draw any engagement.
We live in a post-Obama world where soaring oratory has bled us jaded, if the solutions don’t match the rhetoric it doesn’t spark hope in the electorate of the disengaged. The reason Key succeeds is because his laid back vacant aspiration and empty optimism fills that void, the left need to do a better job of generating a narrative for their political promise while reminding the soft blue vote that they may be empowering an extremist like Colin Craig.
Finally, I think trying to make a Colin Craig: 1.4million – Labour/Greens 0.895 million comparison is disingenuous. The farcical mass hysteria over the repeal of section 59 was our mainstream media at it’s manufactured worst, trying to compare a Nanny state gone politically mad talk hate radio knee-jerk to a discussion about economic sovereignty is like comparing online porn site ratings to BBCs HardTalk.
Let’s be pleased that a 67% no vote robs Key of any pretense of a moral mandate to sell our assets, but be under no illusion how difficult engaging those citizens who are listening to the Edge, the Rock, More FM and watching Seven Sharp. Against that ocean of apathy, this result is a bobbing cork.