My politics are are generally a bit left of centre, but I like the fact that it is all rather ordered and not a kick-boxing contest for the benefit of the media
It did seem to go very smoothly. I wonder if the a succession plan for the leadership of the Nats might have been in place for some time. I'm not one to push conspiracies, but it all appeared to run like clockwork, inspite of the massive egos of Joyce, Collins and Bennett.
I hope it had been in place for some time, and I assume it was. Any leader, but especially a political leader, should be concerned about the succession.
Unlike some journalists/conspiracy theorists I don't think we have been "played." Of the available names, I think English was heads above all of 'em, and I'm relieved it wasn't a blood contest.
For a conservative and a practising Catholic, English's positive comments about marriage equality yesterday - which he voted against - were radical and now stand us a beacon to politicians in other countries, in favour of marriage equality.
Collins is more of a bully than a leader.
Many leaders are bullies. Margaret Thatcher, for example, was a notorious bully - the Nanny - using her gender to deflect that criticism.
Personally, I think that a lot of Kiwis are tired of Key/English's austerity-for-taxcuts style of economic management.
Maybe some Kiwis are, but as an economic rationalist, it got us through some fairly extreme economic circumstances unscathed, with the economy in pretty good shape - despite Winston's dark misgivings - LOL.
I say this as a Leftie. I've never voted for National in my life, but I'd have trouble voting for the Labour candidate in my area. Labour always seems to choose some party loyalist here, perhaps as a reward for long service and perhaps because they don't have a chance of winning in this rural conservative electorate. But - I think - a Labour candidate with guts, passion and intelligence could win, or at least make a darn good showing and give National a fright. We need someone better than a recent Labour candidate who, when asked about his policies, said "Whatever the party decides."
And I dislike MMP, with its concentration on Party and with its List candidates. I vote for the person, not the party and I find it weird that we can have people in the Parliament for whom no one in the electorate has ever cast a single vote.
But that's the system and we're stuck with it, so I tend to vote for obscure candidates, whose policies I like but who probably haven't a hope of getting elected.