If you are left wing, progressive, green, feminist, Maori, Pacific Islander, working class, LGBT or disenfranchised, the September 20th election matters.
If Key wins a 3rd term, the social welfare provision via corporation reforms will become cemented into place as will National’s war on Teachers. Worker rights will be eroded, our civil liberty will remain under mass surveillance and the wealthy will get a lot wealthier.
Losing 2014 and winning 2017 is a lose lose because all a progressive Government can attempt then is to stem the haemorrhaging, setting up a 2020 defeat.
What is unique about this election is the possibility that the majority is Labour, Green and MANA. If that can happen, NZ would have its first truly left wing, Green Progressive Government.
I don’t believe NZ First will get over 5%. Winston’s surge last election was based off the coat tails of the Epsom Teapot Tapes and the total failure of Phil Goff to fire as a leader during the 6 week election campaign. With NZ First positioning to be a coalition partner to the Government, Winston’s mystique is unrealised at the ballot box this time around.
Because of the yawning chasm of inequality that now fault lines its way through NZs once egalitarian base, it will be the ends of the political spectrum that decide the Government. ACT & Conservative Party against MANA.
September 20th is an ‘all in’ poker moment where the very soul of our country will be decided. The narrow minded social conservatism of the Conservatives melded with the radical free market theology of ACT right up against the communal MANA socialism of Nationalistic Maori left. The middle ground is barren.
If progressive, green, feminist, Maori, Pacific Islander, working class, LGBT, left wing or disenfranchised electorates think NZ is unjust under a John Key Government, wait till Jamie Whyte and Colin Craig join the Cabinet.