The noise of the 3rd leaders debate has finally died out and it was the raucous shout fest we’ve all come to know and love from the Fairfax cow shed events.
Yes, yes, yes – Jacinda won. We all saw that, but the reality is we all lost.
There’s no fucking plan to mass build housing, there’s no fucking plan to deal with actual poverty and inequality, there’s no actual plan to reform neoliberalism in the state service, there’s no actual plans to radically alter and rebuild the economy so that it can deal with the Pandemic economic fallout and prepare NZ for the climate crisis.
There is zero focus on foreign affairs, there is no real plan to lower our Prison population or boost public services and we are missing in action on suicide, depression and mental health.
Labour inherited a neoliberal monster and have put a bow on it and called it Trish.
That’s sweet, but not transformative.
These debates are increasingly the veneer of participatory democracy without any of the actual challenge. Kiwis are grateful Labour saved us from Covid meaning this election has all the mandate of your average pity-fuck. No one is looking beyond the political gratitude of the moment to look at the enormous mess we are in with clear directions of how to get out of that mess.
The poorest and most vulnerable amongst us have had their interests eclipsed by the fears of the middle classes who don’t normally feel this insecure.
Labour have earned a second term, but they still have no real vision.
The Greens are the only hope for some of the radicalism required for real transformation, unfortunately the Greens are worse than useless.
Labour is winning the election, that is certain. The question is will they get there on their own or with the Greens.
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