Weird Weird Weird Weird Weird Election

23 Aug

I wasnt really sure how weird this election would be , but just when I get over the Weirdness out comes another event.
Jamie Whyte continued his pre-election weirdness with some crackers at the start. All that ” Maori privilege ” like the son of Don Brash had risen. Then a spat with the Race Relations commissioner. Nice touch to shore up your vote , but in a room of 100 people only someones arm is statistically an ACT supporter , and then its presumably your right arm…extended quite far out to the right as well. And yet they will be gifted Epsom ( perhaps ) a bizarre part of the MMP arena.

You can’t keep Winston down though , he needs his 5 right arms 5 right legs 2 left arms and a head ( in the statistical room of 100 ) so took the whole campaign even weirder with his racist chinese joke. But its okay , he says , because someone told him it , he’s just the messenger . The same trick Enoch Powell used to play..FFS is how I think the youth would term that.

The youth , there’s something odd about Intermanas play for the “youth” voice. Laille Harre was Minister for Statistics, and lovely person that she seems ( and I would possibly vote for her ) I don’t see how an ex- Minister for Statistics can claim to be with the kids.
What do we want ..standard deviation
when do we want it ..when a conclusive sample can be taken

But that , is not what they chant is it , young people chant ” Fuck John Key ” at an Intermana rally. Key thinks it’s the munich beerhall ( mmm ) and everyone is shocked . Seriously I think young people should shout far worse , and do.

Somehow that video took us on a whole other world of weirdness though that ended with a Labour candidate calling Key ” shylock ” which I think he should have been dropped for , its piss poor to be honest and the most turgid of racist stereotyping.

So I didn’t think we could get weirder , onto the policies. Someone joked that Nicky Hager should have a book out ( actually it was Michelle Boag on National Radio !) and low and behold he did. A weird cracker of a book , one that wont go away and keeps giving more and more detail.

For his part I think Key played it wrong. HE should have been Prime ministerial , stood above it , promised to look at aspects and rejected the hyperbole. Instead he scrapped , sounded arrogant and dug a trench …around Judith Collins. Collins has acted unseemingly as Justice Minister and should go. End of. Key though , has got to the point where leaders become loons. He talks on behalf of the nation and what it thinks’s a bit like Thatcher did. He’s splitting more hairs than elmer fudd over the me myself and my office distinction. He’s reached a point where from now on he will be seen as untrustworthy, its like Blair after Iraq. He might win elections but he’s no longer the nice guy next door. And that analogy around Iraq and Blair seems to remind me of the Hager book , when will it end ? The frenzy around Iraq couldn’t stop until David Kelly killed himself…I hope we can draw a line under this before we get there..

And of course the man I thought was going to be really weird is spending all his time in court. Colin ” sensible ‘ Craig is just not getting into gear, he’s lost the momentum ..I can see him getting 3% maximum. And its hard for him , not that I want him to succeed , but for any new party unless you get a sitting MP to defect ( and even then its hard..Maui Pacific anyone ? ) it seems impossible to get going. Which may be why we are stuck with ACT and United Future and why Kim Dotcom was smart to buddy with Hone.

Interesting Electorates

Tai Tokerau …may be the electorate that determines the outcome of the whole election . Kelvin Davis is running hard for Labour , not sure his constant talk about the SH1 extension being a holiday highway is helpful , but hes going for it. A win for Hone might bring 4 Intermanish MPs in …it’s all on.

Waiaraki. Flavell is fighting for his political life , and possible his parties. Its Tauranga 1999 again. Sykes ran him reasonably close last time and LAbour won the party vote so a genuine 3 way contest.

Tamaki Makuara. Again another pivotal seat to the make up of Parliament. Labour could have recaptured this with a strong candidate. They havent chosen someone with great presence and Rangi should walk this for the maori party.

Te atatu. The dry slap of Alfred Ngaro vs the dry of Phil Twyford. West Auckland as a bell weather seat ?

Ohariu – Peter Dunne , the hair , the bow tie , the one man party , for the love of Andrea Vance ..he’s sure to win …

Napier – with Tremain retiring could Labour steal it back ? They have the cheesiest posters ever NASH in the style of M*A*S*H

Wairarapa – Ron Mark the return …with a retiring MP again an failry competitive field.

Epsom- the most bizarre electorate race in the country. No one seems to want your vote.

Auckland Central another bellweather seat.

I’m still calling the overall result for National , sad I know , but with the need for Winston’s support…


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