A lot of New Zealanders today have a sinking feeling in their stomach in the knowledge that we have at least three more years to suffer under the national government. Despite revelations of mass surveillance, dirty politics and corruption throughout the party, the majority of New Zealanders who entered the polling booth yesterday declared that they simply didn’t care and that promise of a growing economy is more important than examining growing levels of economic disparity, concerns over loss of civil liberty and environmental destruction. All in all, it’s a day that we are not proud to call ourselves New Zealanders.

It’s important that we take a look at the issues that surrounded this election however, and understand why in the face of overwhelming negativity surrounding the National Party, they still managed to clean up this election.

Firstly, we have to look to the extremely poor coverage of election issues from the mainstream media, who are well known to have a right-wing bias. As we have mentioned in a previous article, the mainstream media were not doing their job. They failed in almost every case to bring you the truly important facts, and instead allowed their own bias to cloud the judgement of many New Zealanders, turning important issues into nothing more than infotainment focused on personalities instead of core issues.

Then we have to understand, that in truth, there was no really good alternative. The Labour government are little more than a watered down version of National 10 years ago, now with a weak leader with low popularity and a party that managed to sit on the fence in regards to many of the important issues of the day such as the TPPA. In the end, if we are honest with ourselves, did any of us really trust them to lead, or were they just the only other option?

Failure of the left wing parties to align and create a united front before the election was also a major downfall. Perhaps if the left had worked out their differences and spent less time trying to discredit each other in an attempt to cuddle up closer to the right wing media. they would have actually been able to focus their efforts on addressing core issues that many New Zealanders do still care about and providing tangible alternatives to Nationals policies. Instead, in-fighting between these parties simply diminished their ability to actually convince anyone that they were truly capable of leading the nation.

If this were sports, it’s almost as if the left actually threw the game.

Overall, it’s important that we don’t allow ourselves to be too disheartened by last nights results. As we have always said, true change needs to happen from a grass roots level, and it’s the decisions that we make personally day-to-day that are responsible for generating the real change in our nation. We must stay politically active, always remembering that the government takes it’s orders from us, not the other way around, but also personally active, creating the change that we want to see in the world by living it ourselves.

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4 Responses

    • Sarah-lee

      Despite the bad news of the election. No way will I let it get me down. I put my brain and heart into researching politics and got incredibly passionate for my country…BUT I will continue to strive for that self sustainable life I dream of having, with a positive attitude. The ‘little’ people may have lost in the election, but it simply means we have to look after each other more. Help each other grow. Start looking forward to people banding together with more compassion for one another. Become the positivity, change and inspiration you wish to see.

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      • Colin Boggust

        Please put a positive spin on this. Letting the big banks gouge massive commissions on selling us out to American corporations and asian millionaires is a good thing?

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