As The Daily Blog predicted and pointed out the day after the Election, the Special votes have helped reset the political landscape.
Labour and the Greens went up by one each and National lost 2.
Everything changes from this result.
Labour + NZ First + Greens go from 61, a bare majority that leaves no room for by-elections, to 63 which is a functioning Parliamentary majority and the same majority National have used to govern for 9 years so the claims of instability are simply not valid.
A combined National-NZ First majority would be 65 compared to the Labour-NZ First-Green 63, so the arguments of legitimacy also become meaningless.
And the total share of vote for the entire right bloc become 45% against the Left bloc vote of 55% so the vote for change is the clear majority.
The reality after the Specials were counted makes all that mainstream media coverage of National as the victors look pretty vapid in the cold light of those stats.
Even Matthew Hooton seems to be suffering from the 5 grief stages of Hootinism as he sees the Right lose their grip on power…
…Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression followed by mass media manipulation.
What has to happen now is Labour strategists need to take NZ First policy and Green policy and weave them together with Labour values to create hybrid ideas that provide big vision.
The question is whether or not Labour have the imagination and courage to provide that type of political leadership.
If they can’t, National might win by default.