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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Another reason to leave

- National Party leader John Key -

Yesterday, New Zealand elected its first conservative government in nearly a decade. The National Party won a decisive victory over the more liberal Labour Party whose leader Helen Clark has been Prime Minister since 1999. National's party leader John Key, a 47-year-old multimillionaire former foreign currency trader, will assume the role of Prime Minister. Key's election platform was one of government privatization, free market rule, tougher immigration policies, and reduction of social services. Sound familiar?

14 comments:

Jon A said...

NZ lurches to the right as the USA moves to more fully embrace center-left policies. I'm with those who blame the Hadron Collider.

hello gorgeous said...

Ha Ha! Jon, you are funny. I wrote a post on the collider. So, rather than destroying the earth, it has just caused everything to shift.

Robin said...

Why is he wearing candied pineapple rings around his neck?

Debi said...

It was funny to hear him use some of the same 'phrases' that Obama did - that NZ is ready for change - and the people spoke...lol. John Key has a long way to go to be anywhere close to Obama. lllloooonnngggg way.

Raina said...

Robin, I'm not sure what the significance is. It looks to be made of straw, and I'm guessing it's either Maori or Polynesian.

But pineapple rings is funnier.

Alexis said...

Uh-oh!

erin@designcrisis said...

Better hurry up and move to Texas... We're such a bastion of liberalism!

I kid! Austin really is.

nkp said...

Hi Raina, this is completely unrelated to your post, but I wanted to tell you about a Hannukah book I just bought for my kids. Technically the Pea is probably too young for it, but it's completely adorable and a little snarky to boot! I think you'd love it..."The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming, a Christmas story." It's by Lemony Snicket. Take a look.

Nelya (NKP)

Raina said...

Oh fantastic! Thanks, Nelya, I'll put that in my Amazon cart right now...

Beautiful name, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I don't think you've been paying all that much attention to NZ politics to be honest. National is in fact a centre-right party(and definitely more centrist than right)and hardly comparable to the US Republican party but it's an understandable simplification to make I guess when you're used to your politicians being either distinctly red or blue. I really enjoy your blog and most of your amusing observations about life in NZ but I felt I had to weigh in on this one.

Raina said...

Did I say National was comparable to the Wingnuts of the US Republican party?

I was just saying to my husband a few days ago that National was probably closest to the Richard Lugar notion of conservatism. Sadly, a group whose voice has been drowned out by the noise of the Religious Right.

nkp said...

Thanks for the compliment! I've always liked it, it's a family name, but living in the south hasn't made pronunciation easy. More often than not I've been called kneel-ya, nal-ya, and my personal favorite, hell-ya! Which, if you think about it, is rather appropriate for Georgia! :0)

Anonymous said...

Apologies if I got the wrong message. I thought the "sound familiar" comment in your post was trying to draw a comparison to US politics.

I think a lot of your US readers would find National surprisingly liberal, especially in terms of social policy, for a "conservative" party. I certainly have my concerns about the more conservative policies of Act having an influence on National's social libertarianism but I think the hope of many NZers is that Key has the economic nous to pull the country out of a 10 year deficit and improve our infrastructure (bring on faster internet!). Interesting times for sure...

Raina said...

Oh Nelya, I hear your pain Sister. I get "Rah-ee-neh," "Ray-nay," "Re-nay," and of course the ones who just stop short with confused looks.

It's "Ray-neh." Not hard at all.

I do love "Hell Ya."