Oh. My. God. This was a heartbreaking nightmare.
I was wrong, horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. I honestly believed that the resources, the media attention, the vile toxic politics exposed by Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance lies would have seen NZers turn against Key. I thought 250 000 children in poverty, the lack of economic strategy beyond rebuilding from an earthquake and crony capitalism would sink Key.
It didn’t, people rallied around him and gave John Key his largest victory ever. I am speechless. I thought New Zealanders would react angrily at seeing the real Key, they didn’t.
Sue Bradford was right, Josie Pagani was right, and god damn it- the mainstream media were right. I was dreadfully wrong. Perversely Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance issues benefited National.
The magnitude of this loss will reverberate for a full 3 years.
The Greens deserved so much more than 10% – they ran an incredible campaign. I thought Cunliffe’s TV debates had given him a boost and Hone, I honestly thought he had Te Tai Tokerau. They spent the time there, they were tireless in their endeavours but Winston’s endorsement of Kelvin became a kiss of death. The loss of Hone, one of the great civil rights politicians of our time is a painful blow.
There were a handful of moments which stuck out during the campaign that the left never managed to recover from, it was frustrating seeing those needless mistakes occur but analysis of that is for another time.
National now have full spectrum dominance, and are able to cement into place vast changes in welfare, education and public services. It is a spectacular win for Key, neo-liberal policy and right wing corporate media and a disheartening blow to those at the coal face of poverty and inequality.
It is a sick indictment when Cameron Slater manages to come out as a winner in all this. We are a lesser country for this result.
The only way this could have been worse is if the Conservative Party had won.
From a personal perspective, I will step back from blogging for a couple of weeks to reflect on things. There need to be voices from the left who can redefine what progressives need to do to end this terrible, terrible Government, but today I don’t think I’m one of those voices.
I am bitterly disappointed.