Great result for the country, we finally have a change of government.
It was very interesting to see Clark announce she is standing down, it isn’t surprising she would decide to do that but it is surprising she would announce it immediately. Talk about trust, all these people who voted Labour because they like Helen Clark (and I have found many people in that category while campaigning) will be very disappointed. They obviously couldn’t trust her to stick round and do what she felt was best for the country, rather she just wanted the top job and when she didn’t get it she was gone. Now she’ll force a by-election in her electorate just because she didn’t get quite what she wanted (she is hardly going to stick round as a lowly MP), she obviously has little regard for all the people who voted for her wanting her as their local MP. We don’t always get what we want, and most of us were taught that when we were young with a good smack on the buttocks.
It is good to see National could rule with just Act, and although they may involve Dunne and the Maori Party too, having just the two parties would make for a simple government.
The result was disappointing for the Family Party, but the change of government helps to soften that disappointment. As I said earlier, we don’t always get what we want, but I have no intention of quitting like Clark just because things didn’t go quite how we wanted. It is very hard for parties outside parliament to get in, and this just reinforces that fact. I would like to thank Jerry Filipaina especially for the excellent work he put into Mangere attempting to take that seat, it is very disappointing that that did not eventuate. Paul Adams also did an excellent job in ECB, being our highest polling candidate, but unfortunately missing out too.
I received 441 electorate votes, which I am very pleased with for my first time standing, far higher than the United Future and Kiwi candidates and close behind the Act candidate and Bill Woods. Although this was of course not anywhere near enough to take out the electorate, considering I never actually asked for electorate votes in my campaign (apart from possibly off-hand at one “meet the candidates” event), only asking for party votes, and was standing for a party most people had never heard of, I am very pleased with the result. It is a very encouraging level of support that I should be able to build on in future years should I stand again.
I would like to thank everyone who voted for me or any other candidate, or for the party, for your support. Unfortunately we didn’t gain enough support this time round, it is hard to get your message to enough of the country in your first election, but there’s always another election – try convince your mates to vote for us as well next time!
This new government will not solve the most serious issue in our country today, which in my opinion is our abortion-on-demand culture. We can lobby them for improvements, but to really fix this we’ll need more conservative representation in the next election. So the result is far from perfect, but is a massive improvement over the current situation.
With National in government, more representation from Act, and Helen Clark stepping down, I am certain we can look forward to a better country over the next three years.
November 9, 2008 at 3:48 pm
What happened to Jerry in Mangere?
November 9, 2008 at 7:18 pm
Clark hasn’t actually said she is dropping out of Mt Albert, she has only said she is stepping aside to allow for a new party leader. She may well do, but she hasn’t yet. Check your facts before you rally against her! Typical from a party born from distorting debate surrounding section 59 of the Crimes Act!
And if abortions are the biggest issue for you in the country, you clearly have not heard about the recession. It is a shame the left lost the election, but at least the Christian fundies won’t be in parliament. You guys belong in the dark ages.
November 10, 2008 at 9:09 am
I have no idea. We’ll be nutting that out this week, and I’ll post some thoughts here once I have discussed it with the team up north.
I know she hasn’t said that. But honestly, she is not going to hang round as a lowly MP, under someone else’s authority, after ruling the roost for so long. She’ll be off. I expect this to be confirmed within 6 months or so, once she has had some time to train up the next leadership team.
“Typical from a party … section 59” I think you’re confusing us with the Kiwi Party.
The recession is an enormous issue. But it isn’t killing over 18,000 people a year. The economy moves up and down, but a life lost is lost for good. If we had 18,000 people dying a year on the roads, most people would agree it was our biggest issue. But when it happens out of sight it is easy to ignore.
November 10, 2008 at 1:24 pm
Samuel, pull your head in. You’re making an assumption about what Clark will do this term and making statements that amount to character assassination based on that personal assumption.
This is totally unwarranted:
She’s been in politics for 27 years. 9 of those years was as the Prime Minister of this country. That’s a political career worthy of a little respect whether you agree with her or not.
It was good for the party that she resigned the party leadership when she did.
It’s hardly obvious at all. You’re calling her regard for her electorate into question based on your beginning assumption. That’s poor form.
Even if your prediction turns out to be true, her continued re-election in that electorate says that she has served it well for years. Any move out of politics for her would be a well deserved break. 27 years is a long time.
November 10, 2008 at 2:04 pm
It’s only worthy of respect if it was a respectable career. It wasn’t.
Clark has repeatedly shown her contempt for New Zealand’s public. It’s a well-documented fact. So drawing certain conclusions about her latest activities is not entirely unjustified in light of that. Perhaps Samuel is wrong—but it’s not as if he’s making these comments in isolation from Clark’s previous track record.
November 10, 2008 at 2:09 pm
I have received a lot of flack over my comments on Clark, and to be honest I did write in haste. She has served the country for a long time, whether or not I agree with her policies, and I am out of line taking a shot at her like this. Furthermore I shouldn’t criticise her leaving as I am glad to see her go!
“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”
I should stick that to the top of my computer screen. I won’t take the post down now though, I’m not going to hide it and pretend I don’t make mistakes, but I apologise now for any offence that may have been taken.
November 10, 2008 at 2:16 pm
You’re a good man, Samuel. Loving our enemies is one of the hardest things we’re called to do… I know, I fail at it all the time.
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