Ok, time for some thinking aloud on political parties and what I think of each. List is roughly ordered by ease of decision.
Even if I were on the left – and I am not – Jim Anderton is on his way out, and hence also his vehicle.
With any moral issue in parliament, you can safely bet large sums that the Green party will be backing the immoral side. They’ve done incalculable damage to New Zealand society already, and haven’t the slightest chance of gaining my vote.
I’m not Maori, so I don’t really see the point. But given my regard for all the others on this list, maybe I should consider them more carefully. They have certainly done good things by partnering with National.
I have before said that I would not vote National, and I don’t see much to make me change my mind. They’ve made very few moves which could be described as real leadership, choosing to pass the buck on most tough issues, including and especially Section 59 where they seem to have zero concern. Moderation is one thing (a good thing too) but there’s a point where moderation becomes cowardice. National is well over that line – what I would describe as Bill Clinton territory.
Oh, and they’re sending me more stuff to me now than they were while I was actually a member, because they haven’t even bothered to note that I didn’t renew it – just the same as they didn’t bother to acknowledge my membership when I actually was in the party.
I’d rather vote Labour than National at this point. National hasn’t really overturned much of what they did, so in reality there wouldn’t be much difference except we wouldn’t have our expectations dashed.
Their policies are amusing, (GST off fruit and veg will fix the world!!!) until you realise that they might actually get to implement them.
I was thinking seriously about Act, until Hilary Calvert came along with her antics. (Yes Hilary, a brothel is different to other forms of business.) Then came Don Brash, who appears to be living deeply in the past.
(Note to Don: Any Maori who work with National are most certainly not radicals. Labour, you can argue about. National, nope. Do try to keep up.)
I don’t have much respect for Peter Dunne. He joined up with Future NZ, then when that arrangement became inconvenient he turned on them. Very much a man who made whatever fortunes he has had by marriages of convenience.
All choices suck. National would be the closest at this point, had I now vowed to avoid them. Labour is tempting as a protest vote, but I don’t like the idea of being so irresponsible. United Future would be tempting if Dunne had an ounce of integrity. The Kiwi party would be even more tempting, if they had an ounce of competence and a snowballs chance. But they don’t.
So put me down as “undecided”.
Update: New Zealand First
I forgot Winston Peters. I intend to continue doing that.