ACT is back with a young MP. Every cut to their party headquarters last night showed loads of young people milling around. A great basis for renewal. Seymour may be on his own but not in the way Banks was.
Speaking of young people, a first time voter I know gave two ticks to National yesterday. Reasoning: if they could go it alone they could get more done. I hope their faith is rewarded.
Hone. I felt sorry for him and his Mana supporters, but that emotion was quickly overwhelmed by my deep satisfaction at Laila Harre getting nothing. Maybe not even her last pay cheque.
Maori. At this stage only two and a half percent of voters gave their party vote to race-based parties. Fascinating.
Winston. Oh joy that the PM does not need to include him. He has more MPs but less power. I could not believe the many media muppets last night repeating the line, He wants to be speaker. Winston isn't interested in a role that requires daily discipline. But welcome back Ron Mark.
(Pause to make second mug of much-needed tea.)
Conservative. What a waste. Next time at least cost your policies. I received one pamphlet that was 50 percent dedicated to anti-alcohol and drugs nannyism. Big lose to wowserism.
Kelvin Davis. If Labour was really serious about just staying in the game they'd make him leader.
Greens are stuck. Another term in opposition. Rodney Hide can tell you how wearing that gets year after year. They gambled too much on child poverty emotional blackmail. Metitria Turei is a fake. In time she could replace Winston Peters as parliaments biggest fibber. I actually felt the tiniest smidgen of sympathy for Russell.
I watched the final party addresses on Friday evening. National won it then. And Key, surprisingly I thought, emphasised more than once that government should leave people to make their own choices and run their own lives.
Stay on that message for the next three years (and don't be overly magnanimous to those parliamentary enemies your voters didn't want.)
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