About 18 months back when Labour was riding high, I predicted on this Blog that Labour would be swept out in 2023 in a landslide and that Jacinda would announce her resignation, around year end in 2022. At the time I was mocked but it’s now happened and frankly, wasn’t hard to predict.
Watch now for numerous retirement announcements from cabinet ministers and Labour MPs alike, including Jacinda, who will not savour the years of opposition awaiting them.
I believe Labour will do very well to keep 20 seats, all urban, but more likely a rump of 15, mostly screaming no-hopers with no outside job options.
The Greens will benefit from this, so too probably NZ First, albeit both ineffectually on the side.
History will record this government as by far the worst in the post-war era. They’ve been disastrously incompetent, financially reckless and brought terrible damage to the social fabric and our democracy with their nonsensical co-government outrage based on sheer lies.
I say all of that as a cynic about National governments and as someone on record who has always claimed Labour governments have made New Zealand as they’re ideas people, not afraid of necessary change. But I’ve always qualified that by saying never allow them more than two terms. That’s when madness ensues. Thank God to all intents and purpose they’re now gone.
P.S. An added benefit of this event will be for Herald readers as the insufferable Simon Wilson will be bereft and probably suicidal. He won’t be missed.